CORANDERRK

A co-production by ILBIJERRI Theatre Company & Belvoir

CORANDERRK

2017 NATIONAL TOUR
18 April 2017 - 18 July 2017

“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 ben@ilbijerri.com.au

REVIEWS

“What ILBIJERRI is able to take from this painful history is a story of resistance and of strength. ★★★★”Rebecca Harkins-Cross, The Age, 2014


“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

SHOW CREDITS

Writers Andrea James & Giordano Nanni

Director Eva Grace Mullaley

Performers Trevor Jamieson, Mathew Cooper, Ebony McGuire & Jesse Butler

Costume Designer Brynna Lowen

Lighting Designer Tegan Evans

Sound Designer James Henry

Audio Visual Designer Peter Worland

Production Manager Sarah Wong

PRODUCTION HISTORY

14 to 23 August 2014 – Northcote Town Hall

7 December 2013 to 3 January 2014Upstairs Theatre, Belvoir Street Theatre

12 May 2015 Showcase Victoria

Trailer

Video

2017 National Tour

Victoria
18 April 2017 – 
The National Theatre, Melbourne Book Now
20 April 2017 – Her Majesty’s Theatre, Ballarat  Book Now
21 to 22 April 2017 – Whitehorse Performing Arts Centre, Nunawading  Book Now
27 April 2017 – The Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool Book Now
29 April 2017 – Wesley Performing Arts & Cultural Centre, Horsham
2 May 2017 – Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo Book Now
4 May 2017 – The Cube, Wodonga  Book Now
6 May 2017 – Riverlinks, Eastbank Centre, Shepparton  Book Now
9 May 2017 – 
ESSO BHP Billiton Wellington Entertainment Centre, Sale
11 May 2017 – Latrobe Performing Arts Centre, Traralgon
13 May 2017 – Plenty Ranges Arts & Convention Centre, South Morang Book Now
16 May 2017 – Cardinia Cultural Centre, Pakenham
18 May 2017 – Altona Theatre Book Now
20 May 2017 – Frankston Arts Centre Book Now
23 May 2017 – Drama Theatre, Monash University Academy of Performing Arts, Clayton
24 May 2017 – Clocktower Centre, Moonee Ponds Book Now
26 to 27 May 2017 – Footscray Community Arts Centre
30 May 2017 – Kyneton Town Hall
1 to 3 June 2017 – Geelong Performing Arts Centre  Book Now


Australian Capital Territory
14 to 15 June 2017 – 
Canberra Theatre Centre  Book Now

New South Wales
17 June 2017 – Orange Civic Theatre
20 June 2017 – Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre  Book Now
21 June 2017 – Cessnock Performing Arts Centre  Book Now
24 to 26 June 2017The Art House, Wyong
28 June 2017 – Riverside, Parramatta  Book Now
30 June to 1 July 2017
Northern River Performing Arts, Lismore  Book Now

Queensland
5 July 2017Empire Theatre, Toowoomba  Book Now

 

Northern Territory
7 July 2017
Darwin Entertainment Centre