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Night Theatre Performance at Werribee Park Mansion

Werribee, VIC - Show on map
Essence Theatre Productions Limited

Night Theatre Performance at Werribee Park Mansion


  • Live performance - takes the audience through different areas of the 1908 mansion
  • Based on Chirnside family story
  • Glass of sparkling wine at end

Werribee Park Mansion was a fascinating place in 1908! Uncover the secret lives of the Chirnsides in a most theatrical experience. Let a mischievous maid and suspicious butler take you on an entertaining journey through one of Australia's most spectacular properties. Just keep your wits about you...

What's Included?

  • Glass of sparkling wine or soft-drink
  • Unique night visit to the stunning Werribee Park Mansion (normally shut to public)
  • Print out that covers the history behind the play available at the end of performance
  • Enjoyed by over 15,000 patrons this is an exciting theatrical experience

This scary comedy play ‘What Was That?’ is performed as a roaming play. The story unfolds as you move from room to room. The experience is set in 1908 after the tragic death of Mary Chirnside. Maggie the maid and the butler, Mr Duncan, take guests on a journey through their elaborate and peculiar workplace. As guests, you arrive at the Mansion and are treated as old friends of the Chirnsides (albeit suspiciously by Mr. Duncan). Maggie desperately wants your company and tries to keep you staying as long as possible. She often takes you to places you are not supposed to go much to the vexation of Mr. Duncan and the amusement of you, the guests.

As you move from room to room in the original setting of this great house, the story unfolds. You must always keep alert though - you never know what is going to happen around those dark corners! Performed by professional actors, the play takes you back in time to into the lives of the wealthy squatters and their poor servants. Discover the mansion, the tragedies and the hauntings at Werribee Park. End the evening with a glass of sparkling wine as you mingle with the actors and other guests. It's a night to remember!

Session Length

  • Please allow 90 minutes for this experience
  • It begins at 8pm unless otherwise advised on booking (it is 8.30pm at peak of summer)
  • Please note that the play runs for 1hr 15 minutes plus 15 minutes of mingling with actors and guests with a glass of sparkling wine


Due to this show being in an historical venue, it is NOT wheelchair accessible. There are quite a few steps and most of the rooms are too small to fit in a wheelchair


  • The minimum age is 11 (due to scary elements)
  • Participants just need to be able to walk up and down stairs slowly
  • There are no lifts in the mansion


  • Change your booking up to 48 hours before the start time of your experience
  • Changes are not permitted within 48 hours of your experience
  • Late arrivals or no shows may result in you forfeiting your experience

    Numbers on the Day

    There is a maximum of 26 people on this experience at one time.


    Spectators don't apply for this experience.


    This event is not affected by weather

    Dress Code

    There is no heating or cooling in the mansion, so bring something weather-appropriate.

    Other Info

    The mixture of comedy, scariness and history appeals to a wide audience and all ages. There are not toilets in the historic mansion. If needed, please take a bathroom visit if needed at the Hotel prior to commencement of play.

    This experience takes place at Werribee, VIC. This performance is in the historic Werribee Park Mansion (located NEXT to the Werribee Park Mansion Hotel & Spa).

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