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.

Please note - you can choose your preferred seat for these performances. 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.

What's on:

Events and points of interest around Hobart.

6 Apr 2024 - 6 Apr 2024
AYO Autumn Season Concert – Turbulent Times
Step into a musical time machine as our flagship orchestra transports you to an era of great societal upheaval and political uncertainty. And no, it is not 2020.
4 May 2024 - 4 May 2024
Hindley Street Country Club
Hindley Street Country Club bringing all the songs you love, live at Wrest Point Casino for one night only!
31 May 2024 - 31 May 2024
National Reconciliation Week Breakfast
National Reconciliation Week Breakfast - MyState Bank Arena - Friday May 31
19 Jun 2024 - 19 Jun 2024
Crochet classes
Learn the basic crochet stitches in a small group setting and make your very first granny square in 2 hours!
13 Jun 2024 - 23 Jun 2024
Dark Mofo presents Winter 2024
Dark Mofo, Mona’s midwinter festival in Tasmania, delves into centuries-old winter solstice rituals.
10 Jun 2024 - 30 Jun 2024
Paint The Town Red 2024
As the winter months set in, nipaluna / Hobart and southern Tasmania are getting ready to celebrate with Dark Mofo Presents Winter 2024 and Paint
11 May 2024 - 10 May 2025
Tasmanian Produce Market
The Hobart Twilight Markets showcases a wide variety of Tasmanian eats, drinks and artisans, along with live music from local talent.
1 Mar 2022 - 31 Jul 2025
Phoenix Creations Wooden Spoon Carving Workshops
Welcome to a day of creative mindfulness with David and Michelle of Phoenix Creations. In their small studio tucked away just 2 minutes from Cygnet's
23 Mar 2024 - 27 Oct 2024
Lands of Light: Lloyd Rees and Tasmania
This exhibition celebrates the work of Lloyd Rees (1895-1988), particularly his works painted in Tasmania between 1967 and 1988. Rees was one of the pre-eminent
11 Jun 2024 - 22 Jun 2024
The Mousetrap
THE genre-defining murder mystery from the best-selling novelist of all time… case closed! As news spreads of a murder in London,
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