Freakshow: Helena College’s all-female production to freak you out


Freakshow writer and director Josie Dixon (left) with Kat Lowry.
Freakshow writer and director Josie Dixon (left) with Kat Lowry.

WHEN the all-female Year 12 drama class at Helena College started planning its final drama production, the students wanted a great story centred around an all-woman cast.

Unsurprisingly they could not find a play that met all their requirements, so student Josie Dixon decided to write her own script.

“Freakshow is set in Victorian England and it is the story of Hester’s Freak Show that thrills and horrifies the audiences who flock to see the weird, the strange and the abandoned perform in the big top,” she said.

“But it seems all the action is not confirmed to the stage, and when one of the show’s musicians is murdered, the secrets come tumbling out.”

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Dixon said Freakshow was the result of months of writing and rewriting in collaboration with her talented cast.

“When I was writing the play, I was really aware of their individual acting styles so I tried to write something that was challenging for each girl,” she said.

“They have been amazing in the way that they’ve risen to the challenge.”

Drama teacher Thea O’Keeffe said she was proud of the way the energetic, young cast had brought something new and original to the stage.

“Josie has created well-developed characters which all have their own secrets,” she said.

“This is definitely a show which can be watched again and again, with new angles every time.

Freakshow is suitable for ages 13 and over, and contains flashing lights, supernatural themes and violence and the possibility of being splashed. Performances on March 24 and 25. Tickets are $10 and can be booked through the Helena College website.