1930’s Interactive Performance comes to the WA Shipwreck Museum

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Back - Monica Main "Pip", L to R - Charlie Schmah 11 & Aaron Cox 10. Photo: Jon Hewson

CHILDREN in Perth will get the chance to experience what life was like 100 years ago in the The Swash-line Secret, an interactive 1930s performance at the WA Shipwrecks Museum during the winter school holidays.

Comedian Monica Main said the show was designed to give children an insight life in and around Freo in the 1930s.

“I play Pip, an 11-year-old rambunctious girl who shares ripping yarns about school holiday adventures in Perth and Fremantle in the 1930’s,” she said.

“The show will reveal what it was like for kids nearly 100 years ago; a time of long hot summers running barefoot in the neighbourhood, honky nut wars, beach combing for coveted treasures.

“By exposing young audiences to a bygone time of scant resources offset by oodles of imagination the show hopes to inspire them in new ways of seeing and engaging in their own modern environments.”

The creator, writer and solo performer said she always loved history, community and the natural world.

“I love inspiring young minds to imagine other worlds, experience other times and expand their horizons of what can be possible,” she said.

“It is about celebrating our Western Australian history and sense of place. “

Fremantle museum site manager Gill Harrison said she hopes it will inspire children to explore the Swan River and waters with their parents.

“We would love them to bring their grown-ups who will be able to tell their stories, which in turn will create new memories for all,” she said.

“Basically we want this to be a real hoot for children and adults alike.”

The museum will also host other activities including Play Olden Days’ Games, Make Olden Day’s Craft and Shipwrecked trail.


WHAT: The Swash-line Secret, an interactive 1930s performance.

WHEN: From Sunday July 1 to Friday July 13 excluding Saturday July 7, two sessions 10am and 11.30am.

WHERE: WA Shipwrecks Museum

TICKETS: http://museum.wa.gov.au/museums/shipwrecks/swash-line-secret.