Night Theatre Performance at Werribee Park Mansion

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  • 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 14,000 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 10 minutes plus 15/20 minutes of mingling with actors and guests with a glass of sparkling wine


  • The minimum age is 13 (due to scary elements)
  • Participants just need to be able to walk up and down stairs slowly
  • There are no lifts in the mansion


Once this experience has been confirmed, changes are at the discretion of the experience provider and are arranged directly with them. Please note: As a condition of sale, there are no refunds or exchanges once the booking is complete except in accordance with applicable laws in the region of purchase.

Numbers on the Day

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


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. As guests you will be required to go up and down the main staircase (36 steps) slowly, once during the performance. There are no lifts in the mansion.

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).