ABOUT THE SHOW
The Voice in the Walls was built by Imaginary Theatre, in partnership with the Queensland University of Technology, which manages Old Government House. It's an interactive audio adventure that gives the audience tasks to help right the wrongs of history.
It took about two years for the show to come together. Everyone at Imaginary and Old Government House wanted to create a show for 9 to 12 year olds that was fun, interesting, and a way for young people to start thinking about Brisbane's history.
Within the first few months of talking, it became clear that everyone wanted something really special for this show. So Imaginary Theatre assembled a team of people to start work on creating a special performance. Visit The Creatives to see who these people are!
This team set about creating a show that used sound technology through headphones to deliver a story that was interactive and split off in many directions. None of the team had ever built a show quite like this before, so it took some help from a few test audiences to help put everything together. See How The Show Works to get a real run-down on how the technology helps tell the story of Mary and Victor.
Once we knew how the show was going to be performed, we starting thinking about a real story from history that would be interesting. Old Government House has a big history, and we spent a lot of time consulting with historians to look at the stories of Old Government House in depth. The more we started to hear about the Lamingtons, the more excited we became.
Governor Lamington and his wife really did live in Old Government House, and they really had a son called Victor. But the house has a lot of secrets, and so sometimes we had to use our imagination to fill in gaps about the Lamingtons' story. To see if you can separate fact from fiction, check out the quiz.
The Voice in the Walls is a show designed to incite historical curiosity in young audiences. There's a lot of information about Old Government House that we didn't have time to uncover in the show. To find out more of the house's secrets, and about Brisbane and Queensland history, check out the links below.
The show can be different each time you go, so we may even see you again!Watch a short documentary about The Voice in the Walls (7:55)
There are heaps of stories and secrets about Old Government House just waiting to be uncovered. Check these out:
For stories about pets, parties and plenty more, check out the House Bites section of the official Old Government House website.
To learn about the Lamingtons and other families who lived in the house, visit the history section of the website.
There are plenty of stories about people seeing ghosts in Old Government House. You can find one such story in the news section of the website.
Indigenous Queenslanders have had a long and difficult battle with the Queensland Parliament to become fully recognised citizens. This timeline (PDF 606 kb) outlines how the Queensland Parliament has slowly grown to acknowledge indigenous people's rights over time.