LITTLE BLACK BASTARD
“Tovey’s performance is gripping and intensely moving… a remarkable story and performance of great cultural and historical importance.”
“Fired by an extraordinary history Little Black Bastard is more than a monologue. Tovey’s eloquent return to shocking ghosts and devastating hardship is a remarkable tale of survival, soul and spirit.”
Sydney Morning Herald
Presented by ILBIJERRI Theatre, Arts House and the Melbourne Indigenous Arts Festival. Please note this season is now entirely sold out.
Melbourne,1930’s. Noel Tovey is one of five children abandoned by his parents. A young Aboriginal boy living on the streets of inner city Melbourne, his childhood memories are scarred with poverty, abuse and neglect. By the age of 17, Noel was determined to escape the country that failed to shelter him. Jump to England where Noel reinvents himself as a dancer, actor, singer, choreographer and director working alongside the UK and Europe’s film and theatre elite.
Having returned to Australia, Noel decided to confront his traumatic childhood the only way he knew how. He put pen to paper. The result is LITTLE BLACK BASTARD.
In this brave autobiographical monologue, Noel recounts his traumatic childhood and yet his indomitable will to survive. He tells his story with candour, dignity and flashes of humour in the ultimate tale of triumph and transformation.
Having toured the show nationally and internationally for over 10 years, Uncle Noel will return the story to the city where it all began. Having conquered the ghosts of his past; LITTLE BLACK BASTARD has been newly developed with a sense of resolution, healing and completion.
WARNING Performance contains adult themes. 12 years and older.
PHOTO By Steven Rhall
This production has been supported by the City of Melbourne and the Aboriginal Benefits Foundation.
CAST AND CREW
Written and Performed by NOEL TOVEY
Director ROBINA BEARD
Rehearsal Director ISAAC DRANDIC
Set Designer RICHARD ROBERTS
Sound Designer SARAH DE JONG
Digital Images DOUGLAS IAIN SMITH
Lighting Design RACHEL BURKE
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