As the Belfast Girls moves into rehearsals, the play is drawing attention from areas previously unknown to the Highlands Theatre Group.
Retired Historian Trevor McClaughlin who has been working on researching the Earl Grey Orphan Scheme from 1848 to 1850 has mentioned the production in his latest blog. Trevor was integral in the development of the Irish Famine Memorial in Hyde Park Barracks in Sydney. The memorial was designed to highlight the plight of the Irish people who fled the potato famine in the 1840’s. Encouraged by memorial founder Tom Power’s desire that the memorial become a living memorial, Trevor has encouraged his readers that they can achieve this by doing a myriad of ways.
One of those ways is to explore Irish language Television’s documentary ‘Convict Women and Banished Girls’
Another is to discover is to engage with the Orphan Database attached to the memorial online here.
A third way, which we wholeheartedly agree with, is to attend at least one of the sessions of Jaki McCarrick’s Belfast Girls produced for the first time ever in Australia by your very own Highlands Theatre Group.
Feel free to visit Trevor’s blog which has incredible information and a collection of amazing ‘herstories’ to find out more about the backstory to this amazing play. We hope to have Trevor write a guest blog for this site in the near future.