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PERFORMANCE | Thursday, June 2, 2016 

ILBIJERRI Theatre Company

Jack Charles V The Crown
Written by Jack Charles and John Romeril, performed by Jack Charles, musical direction by Nigel Maclean, directed by Rachael Maza

An extraordinary tale told by one of Australia’s near forgotten treasures.

Uncle Jack Charles is an Australian legend – veteran actor, musician, Koori elder and activist. But for a good portion of his more than 70 years he has also been an addict, a thief and a regular in Victoria’s prisons.  

From Stolen Generation to Koori theatre in the 70s, from film sets to Her Majesty’s prisons, Jack Charles V The Crown runs the gamut of a life lived to its utmost. Jack’s unswerving optimism transforms this tale of addiction, crime and doing time into a kind of vagabond’s progress – a map of the traps of dispossession and a guide to reaching the age of grey-haired wisdom.

Accompanied by a three-piece band, this one-man show is a theatrical delight brought to us by ILBIJERRI, Australia's leading and longest running Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander theatre company.

ILBIJERRI Theatre Company create challenging and inspiring theatre creatively controlled by Indigenous artists. Each year ILBIJERRI travel to national, regional and remote locations across Australia and the world. Born from community, ILBIJERRI has become a spearhead for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in telling stories of what it means to be Indigenous in Australia today. Their work possesses the power to reach out and remind audiences of every person’s need for family, history and heritage. ILBIJERRI's collaborative relationships with communities and artists are at the heart of their creative process, and all of their work empowers and enlightens audiences.

Photo credit -Bindi Cole

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