Belfast Girls presented by Echo Theatre
These women are seeking a new life and a better future, but can they escape their past?
Set on a ship, bound for Australia, Belfast Girls tells the story of five of Earl Grey’s Irish ‘orphans’. In the 1850s thousands of Irish girls were given the chance to travel to Australia to escape the famine, and to find a better life under Lord Earl Grey’s ‘orphan scheme’.
They were being sent to Australia as cheap labour, as indentured servants. These hopeful women arrived in Australia, looking for a chance to start fresh, only to be labelled whores and thieves. These extraordinary women are part of their history, helping to shape the Australia you know today.