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Using a former prison cell as inspiration, documentary artist Roslyn Oades and local musician Eliza Hull have created an intimate listening experience exploring the layers of story embedded in the Ulumbarra Theatre site. The work draws on interviews, field recordings and original composition.

Concept & Direction: Roslyn Oades
Composition & Sound Design: Eliza Hull
Sound Mix & Mastering:  Jono Steer
Production Design:  Helen Morris
Producers: Performing Lines and Capital Venues & Events



CELL 26 will be open to the public one hour prior to any performance on the Ulumbarra Theatre main stage.  

Ulumbarra Theatre will also open on selected dates in 2018 for the public to experience CELL 26.


30 minute audio work
Recommended for listeners aged 12+
Contains some coarse language and references to violence & drug use



“The installation provides an insight into the life of the prison that you wouldn’t generally hear. The stories and reflections by so many voices are told with an honesty and humour that allows the listener to remain curious throughout”

“It’s great to focus on the history of the space, not just the building but the people that were involved in some way. It captures your imagination and provides a focus to your visit”

“The intimacy of the work is important, it puts you right there in the cell. It’s a great way to talk about the Bendigo experience”

“It just left me wanting to hear more. The stories are really engaging and there must be so many more”

“It’s great that it’s not a re-enactment. These are real people telling their own stories in their own words. The 30 minutes just went so quickly”



CELL 26 was created as part of a Performing Lines tour for Roadwork.  This project was supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria; the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, Performing Lines and the City of Greater Bendigo.