Ilbijerri Theatre Company


“A vivid, poignant, political and often unexpectedly funny work… that demands our full attention, deserves it and rewards it”

“Anger, humour and hope are finely balanced in this warm and illuminating evening of theatre. Of the many and varied stage experiences seen this year, this stands out as one of the essential.”
Jason Blake, Sydney Morning Herald, 2012

A co-production by ILBIJERRI Theatre, Belvoir and version 1.0

Palm Island, 2004. An Aboriginal man dies in police custody. Members of the Palm Island community make a direct challenge to police power and the police station is torched. Eight years later, the people of Palm Island continue to demand real justice, and all the while life continues.

ILBIJERRI Theatre Company, version 1.0, Belvoir and the Palm Island community have come together to interpret these events against the full sweep of the island’s history.
The result is BEAUTIFUL ONE DAY.

An antidote to the relentlessly negative media coverage, BEAUTIFUL ONE DAY interweaves the stories of Palm Island, the diktats of white Australia, and the voices of the community. Made through conversation, through argument, through long walks and frequent eruptions of joyfulness, this is a show about what an honest talk might really look like.

This production has been supported by the Balnaves Foundation, the Besen Family Foundation and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts and funding body.

PHOTOS by Ponch Hawkes and Heidrun Löhr

WARNING Coarse language. 12 years and older


Devisor / Av Designer SEAN BACON
Devisor / Performer / Cultural Custodian MAGDALENA BLACKLEY
Devisor / Performer KYLIE DOOMADGEE
Devisor / Performer PAUL DWYER
Devisor / Director EAMON FLACK
Devisor / Performer RACHAEL MAZA
Devisor / Performer JANE PHEGAN
Devisor / Performer HARRY REUBEN
Devisor / Dramaturge DAVID WILLIAMS

Acting / Script Coach KYLIE FARMER
Set & Costume Design RUBY LANGTON-BATTY
Lighting Design FRANK MAINOO
Sound Design & Composer PAUL PRESTIPINO


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Executive Producer


Herald Sun 2013
Crikey 2013
The Age 2013
Stage Noise 2012
Sydney Morning Herald 2012
Arts Hub 2012
The Australian 2012


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Basic Technical Specifications 2013 Technical Specifications as per Arts House