Take a Deep Dive into ILBIJERRI Theatre Company
OUR RECENT MAIN STAGE PRODUCTIONS
JACK CHARLES V THE CROWN: 2011 – 2018
First performed at Brisbane Powerhouse in September 2011, JACK CHARLES V THE CROWN has toured nationally and internationally including the UK, Republic of Ireland, Canada, USA, New Zealand and Japan between 2011 – 2018.
This production has become a cornerstone event for ILBIJERRI Theatre Company, and its influence in providing the world with a deeper understanding of First Nations culture in Australia, via the creative industries is unrivaled.
BLACK TIES: 2020 – National Tour Jan – Mar 2020
Created in partnership with Te Rēhia Theatre Company (Aotearoa/New Zealand), BLACK TIES is a hilarious and heart-warming immersive theatre experience that reminds us of the power of love.
HEART IS A WASTELAND – National Tour 2021-2022
HEART IS A WASTELAND written by John Harvey, is a love story between two young characters Raye and Dan, set on a road trip to Alice Spring. The show is currently touring Australia and has just completed a season as part of Darwin Festival this August. At the time of writing, the show is still scheduled to be presented at Brisbane Festival 15-18 September and Bunjil Place in Victoria’s Narre Warren on 23 September. The show was originally scheduled to be presented in nine venues across Australia in 2021 and will reschedule a tour in 2022.
WORK IN DEVELOPMENT
BIG NAME NO BLANKET
BIG NAME, NO BLANKETS is a major scale rock’n’roll theatre show that celebrates the phenomenal journey and impact of Australian music icons, the Warumpi Band, told through the perspective of the Butcher Brothers. Created in collaboration with Warumpi band member, Sammy Butcher and the families of Warumpi band members, BIG NAME, NO BLANKETS speaks untold truths about the band’s extraordinary ride from the bush to international fame.
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BIW A GITHALAY (THE CRAB AND THE MANGROVE TREE)
BIW A GITHALAY tells a culturally significant story that is shared across the diaspora of Saibai communities in Cairns, Brisbane, Bamaga and Thursday Island. It is a children’s bedtime story told in two Torres Strait language translations of Kalaw Kawaw Ya and Torres Strait Creole, about the need for balance and harmony within the natural world. This story has been shared for generations but holds a powerful contemporary relevance with increasing climate change.
LAK MALUAL PARU
This new dance theatre work marks a new producing partnership between Sydney’s renowned physical theatre company Force Majeure and ILBIJERRI Theatre Company. Co-Directed by Rachael Maza and Ghenoa Gela, this show features an extraordinary all-female cast of Torres Strait women. LAK MALUAL PARU has a focus on language and will be bilingual in Creole and English.
Associate Artist Ghenoa Gela takes the LAK MALUAL PARU creatives to her father’s home island of Erub (Darnley) in the Torres Strait in the below video.
OUR SOCIAL IMPACT WORK
We partner with health organisations to create and tour works such as VIRAL. Informed by community voices, these works are created in consultation with community leaders and the Department of Health. They examine urgent social and health challenges and are taken back to community in schools, community centres and prisons.
The production of VIRAL was originally presented live on stage, but in 2020 with much of the year in lockdown due to COVID-19, the team started work on turning this important production into a film for broader distribution into community health hubs and prisons. The film is due for limited release at the end of 2021.
Please contact ILBIJERRI’s Development Manager, Kirsty Hillhouse for any further information: