It’s 1884 and Eve Harrison is in Brisbane after her social debut in London. But, not all is at it seems with Eve finding it difficult to adapt to her life Down Under. Opportunities for her are limited and the traditional roles of womanhood are just not to the liking of the vivacious socialite. Instead, she comes up with a solution and invites friends over for tea at Miegunyah House. What they don’t know is that Paschal, the detective game-sweeping London, is waiting for them. Welcome to Eve’s Game.
Loosely based on the real-life of Brisbane socialite Evelyn Harris, Eve’s Game is immersive theatre combined with an interactive detective mystery. Visitors, though, will not just step into the historic Victorian-era home, but they will also step into the mind of Eve to solve the puzzling disappearance of the young woman and learn some home-truths about society.
Friends will first join Eve for cake and tea on the verandah of Miegunyah House, which originally belonged to the Perry Family before passing through the hands of the government in WWII and into the care of the Queensland Women’s Historical Association. Played by actress and singer Ashlea Sloman, Eve leads the game and her guests through the house to search for clues and to solve puzzles.
They will pass by original features as well as many period items that have been donated over the years. A glimpse into the kitchen will reveal uncomfortable lives for women of the late 19th Century, and as you explore further, the rites of passage in an era of social change and emerging feminism come to light.
Presented by Republic of Song and written by Jo Willans, who also stars as Prudence, Eve’s Game was hugely popular at Anywhere Festival last year where it sold out its run of shows. It’s back by popular demand with more rounds of sleuthing, tea and feminism this March and April.
Past attendees have said that it is:
“Such a pleasant and intimate theatre experience…This unique and intimate show is a cross between Downton Abbey and Enola Holmes.” Josie Montano, Theatre Travels.
“Enthralling, entertaining, enjoyable. A fantastic immersive theatre experience, where the venue is a vital component of the performance.” Catherine Lawrence, Creative Futures
Eve’s Game takes place on Sundays at both 2pm and 4pm. Tickets for this 80-minute immersive theatre and detective mystery at the beautiful Miegunyah House cost just $50, which includes tea and cake.