Museum of Brisbane

A Convict’s Hope

  • Saturdays | til 27 Oct
  • Exhibition now closed

Museum of Brisbane has partnered with immersive theatre company Folly Games to create an exciting new production that brings 19th century convict history to life using 21st century technology, and where the stage is the Museum itself.

A Convict's Hope

A Convict’s Hope, invites you, your friends and family to solve puzzles, complete mighty tasks and work together in a gamified theatrical experience exploring the Museum’s current exhibition Life in Irons: Brisbane’s Convict Stories.

In A Convict’s Hope you will encounter an eccentric collector of stories who needs help to reconnect the story of Brisbane’s convict past. As you interact with the characters and objects in the performance your choices affect the narrative and trigger effects in the environment. This is a game, a puzzle room and an immersive theatre performance that uses technology and dramatic storytelling to create an engaging playful experience.

A Convict’s Hope is on every Saturday, bookings essential. Full experience suitable for ages 8+, children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.


Please arrive early as this experience has a strict no latecomers policy.

Think your classroom might be interested in being involved? A Convict’s Hope is available for students and teachers.




Folly Games is best know for creating The Game for Woodford Folk Festival’s youngest audiences for the past eight years. The company creates awar-winning immersive theatre experiences using game play, new technologies and playful interactive narratives. The technology is as playful and as important as the performances and script, with the company consisting of multi-disciplined artists including digital technologists, writers, composers and game designers, as well as actors, directors and musicians.


A Convict’s Hope is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland

Images by David Kelly