Presented by Van Diemen's Band, Theatre Royal & Theatre North

Music can be as simple as a love song. But if you keep digging down through its notes and phrases you’ll find buried secrets, double meanings and encrypted emotions. In the 17th Century, the power of songs to conceal communications and courier clandestine messages was used to spread political propaganda, revealed signs of witchcraft and privately practise banned religions.

Cloak & Dagger sees Van Diemen’s Band time travel to 17th Century England and Scotland – an age of political turmoil, religious upheaval and social revolt. In tightly-buttoned domestic manors, they find popular songs that reinforced societal and gender norms in aid of bolstering the status quo; and in bawdy taverns, hop-soaked protest songs excoriating the ruling classes.

In typical Van Diemen’s Band style, Cloak & Dagger recontextualise 17th Century popular songs for the modern day, including works by two of the century’s most prominent composers and songwriters Henry Purcell and Henry Lawes. Within this centuries-old music Van Diemen’s Band finds relevance to today’s social and political climate.


Artistic Director & Baroque Violin

Julia Fredersdorff

Violin, Recorder

Simone Slattery


Katie Yap


Martin Penicka

Viola da Gamba

Laura Vaughan


Donald Nicolson

Mandolin, cittern

Luke Plumb


Meriel Owen

This project was assisted through the Strategic Touring Fund, an initiative of the Tasmanian Performing Arts Centres.

This project was made possible by the Australian Government Regional Arts Fund, which supports the arts in regional and remote Australia.

Event and ticketing details

Date & Time

Latrobe Memorial Hall Wed 23 October
Stanley Town Hall Thu 24 October
Ian Potter Recital Hall (The Hedberg) Sat 26 October
3pm, 7pm
The Palais, Franklin Sun 27 October
Theatre North at the Princess, Launceston Mon 28 October


Launceston, Latrobe, Stanley, Franklin - Full $45.00
Launceston, Latrobe, Stanley, Franklin - Concession / Friends of Theatre North $38.00
Launceston, Latrobe, Stanley, Franklin - Child (12 and under) $25.00
nipaluna/Hobart - Full $55.00 Reserved seating - choose your preferred seat
nipaluna/Hobart - Concession $45.00 Reserved seating - choose your preferred seat
nipaluna/Hobart - 30 Under 30 / Industry Allies / Student Members $30.00 Reserved seating - choose your preferred seat


Latrobe Memorial Hall

170 Gilbert Street, Latrobe TAS 7307

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Stanley Town Hall

10 Church Street, munatrik/Stanley TAS 7331

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Ian Potter Recital Hall at The Hedberg

19-27 Campbell Street, Hobart TAS 7000

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Palais Theatre Franklin

3388 Huon Hwy, Franklin TAS 7113

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Princess Theatre, Launceston

57 Brisbane St, Launceston TAS 7250

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Wheelchair Access

Event notes

nipaluna/Hobart performances

Please note - you can choose your preferred seat for these performances at The Hedberg. You have the option of flat-floor seating with direct entry (no stairs involved) or tiered seating (stairs involved). The sound is equally good throughout the venue but this option is being offered to ensure all our audience members are comfortable accessing different parts of the venue.


60 minutes (no interval)

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