Every part of Australia is, always was and always will be, Aboriginal land. As a community gathering-place, a festival of arts, cultural exchange and celebration and as a site for the sharing of ideas and stories, Ten Days on the Island pays respect to the palawa – original owners and cultural custodians - of all the lands and waters across lutruwita/Tasmania upon which our Festival takes place.

Venus & Adonis

Archipelago Productions

100 mins


Venus: Marta Dusseldorp
Adonis: Ben Winspear


Venus: Marta Dusseldorp
Adonis: Ben Winspear
Composer & Synthesiser: Thomas Rimes
Percussion: Tracey Patten
Organ: Peter Warren
Cinematographer: Matt Scott
Assistant Director: Stephanie Jack

Event Warnings

This performance has adult themes

Covid Info

Ten Days on the Island is closely following and implementing all restrictions and recommendations advised by National and State Governments regarding event operations, you can find the relevant government information here.

Contact tracing: Contact information for patrons attending this event will be collected at the point of online, phone or box office ticket purchase. This information will be held for 28 days, in accordance with Government requirements, and used for contact tracing if necessary.

For more information on COVID-19 safety measures in place at Ten Days on the Island, follow this link.

Image: Matt Scott

Venus is the goddess of love – seductive, alluring, irresistible. As for the handsome young Adonis? Well, he’d rather be hunting. 

Their tale was unravelled in Shakespeare’s 1593 dramatic poem Venus and Adonis – itself composed during an outbreak of the plague. As the global pandemic has taught us, isolation and loneliness can take our minds into strange and fearful places. Through their reading of this work, theatre luminaries Marta Dusseldorp (Venus) and Ben Winspear (Adonis) will cast us into an introspective universe, illuminated with music and moving image created by cinematographer Matt Scott. As you drift between film and spoken words, you’ll hear in composer Thomas Rimes’ evocative new score for percussion and synthesiser a soundtrack to contemplations of yearning, distance and our fundamental need for human touch.


Westbury Village Green Picnic information:

Duration 210mins (includes pre-show picnic).
All tickets include a picnic box from The Green Door Cafe, served on the Westbury Village Green from 12pm. The performance commences in the Holy Trinity Catholic Church at 2pm.

To help us plan the picnics in advance, door sales will not be available at this event. We encourage everyone to pre-purchase tickets.

Scottsdale Pulled Pork with green apples, horse radish slaw in Manu brioche bun
Dressed Radicchio with Elgaar farm grilled Halloumi, pickled fennel, and pine nuts
Tasmanian Smoked Trout and zucchini & cream cheese frittata
Mumma’s Mini Carrot Cake with lemon cream cheese frosting
Limoncello Macaroons and Chocolate Spiced Rum Macaroons

The menu is designed to celebrate fresh local produce, so some seasonal variations and substitutions may occur.

Vegetarian & Gluten free substitutions available. Please select your dietary preference when purchasing your ticket. If you purchase two or more tickets you will receive your picnic boxes in a shared hamper with a complementary picnic blanket.

Picnics include a glass of award winning Ghost Rock wine. Selection includes Zoe Sparkling, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling.
For groups of 2 or more, your picnic hamper will be served with a bottle of wine to share. Picnics without wine can be purchased at a discounted price.

Tickets to the performance without a picnic are not available. If you’re not interested in the picnic but wish to experience Venus and Adonis check out the performances in Burnie and Launceston.

Picnics can be collected at the Westbury Village Green (Lonsdale Promenade) at 12pm and we encourage visitors to find a spot on the Green to enjoy the pre-show picnic. For those that prefer not to sit on the lawn, please bring your own chairs. Following your picnic, please return your picnic hamper and blanket to the staff at the Green. The Westbury Village Green is a short stroll (350m) from the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, please allow 5mins to get to the performance venue after the picnic. Doors for the Church will open at 1.45pm.



FULL PRICE: $29.00
GROUP (6+): $26.10


$4.95 transaction fee applies

Dates & Times

Burnie Arts Theatre Sat 6 March 2021 7:30 pm Burnie - 100 mins
City Baptist Church Sat 13 March 2021 7:30 pm Launceston - 100 mins
Holy Trinity Catholic Church Sun 14 March 2021 12:00 pm Westbury - 210 mins

Venue Details

Burnie Arts Theatre

77-79 Wilmot St, pataway/Burnie

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City Baptist Church

11 Frederick St, Launceston TAS 7250

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Holy Trinity Catholic Church

94 Meander Valley Rd, Westbury TAS 7303

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