“It is honest, open, raw, emotional, poignant; true. There is a strong spirit in Coranderrk. And to sit in a crowded darkened theatre and witness it, is a truly humbling experience.” – Glenn Saunders, The Spell of Waking Hours
CORANDERRK is about what might have been.
In the neglected storehouse of Australian history, this is one of the definitive stories. At a Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry in 1881, the men and women of the 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 compact between the country’s oldest and newest inhabitants – three dozen of them from 132 years ago, speaking for themselves, directly to us, as though the question at hand remains unanswered today.
This production has been supported by the Balnaves Foundation, the Australian Research Council and the Minutes of Evidence Project (LP110200054).
CONTACT: Ben Graetz Creative Producer firstname.lastname@example.org
“This superb performance is a painful reminder of ‘what could have been’ in terms of Aboriginal self-determination” – Miro Sandev, ArtsHub, 2013
“It is honest, open, raw, emotional, poignant; true. There is a strong spirit in Coranderrk. And to sit in a crowded darkened theatre and witness it, is a truly humbling experience.” - Glenn Saunders, The Spell of Waking Hours Blog, 2013
“…placing the language of colonial racists into the mouths of black actors has an undeniably powerful effect” – Jason Blake, Sydney Morning Herald, 2013
“…had Coranderrk been allowed to continue it might well have become a blueprint for collaborative, cooperative, white-black community enterprise” – Lloyd Bradford Syke, Crikey, 2013
Writers Andrea James & Giordano Nanni
Director Isaac Drandic
Performers Jack Charles, Melodie Reynolds-Diarra, Katie Beckett, Bjorn Stewart, Mathew Cooper & Colin Kinchela
Set & Costume Designers Ruby Langton-Batty & Ralph Myers
Lighting Designer Damien Cooper
Composer & Sound Designer Ben Grant
Audio Visual Designer Peter Worland
Concept Giordano Nanni