Darebin Arts’ Speakeasy presents Coranderrk
By ILBIJERRI Theatre Company and Belvoir
Direct from a critically-acclaimed season at Belvoir Theatre in Sydney, Coranderrk will play at Northcote Town Hall from Friday 15 – Saturday 23 August, 2014, in a Melbourne premiere season.
At a Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry in 1881, the men and women of Coranderrk Aboriginal Reserve went head-to-head with the Aboriginal Protection Board. Their goal was both simple and revolutionary: to be allowed to continue the brilliant experiment in self-determination they had pioneered for themselves on the scrap of country left to them.
Coranderrk recreates the Inquiry. This is both great theatre and great history. It revives the voices of all those, black and white, who fought for a better pact between the country’s oldest and newest inhabitants. This special production pays tribute to the resilience and adaptability of a people who rose to the challenge despite the odds, appropriating the power of the written work to make their own voices ring loud and clear.
An ensemble cast of Australia’s best Indigenous actors, including Coranderrk descendant and Green Room Lifetime Achievement Award-recipient Jack Charles, will shed light on this forgotten struggle in Australian history.
Written By: Andrea James & Giordano Nanni
Director: Isaac Drandic
Performed by: Katie Beckett, Jack Charles, Mathew Cooper, Colin Kinchela, Melodie Reynolds, Bjorn Stewart
Photo Credit: Gary Heery