Note from the AD
What an incredible year it has been here at ILBIJERRI! Here are just a few of the things that we’ve gotten up to.
After eight years of touring, JACK CHARLES V THE CROWN had its final outing at Auckland Theatre Festival, and then Shizouka Festival in Japan. It is with a mix of sadness and joy that we say ‘goodbye’ to this show that has been such an incredible success. We look forward to working with Uncle Jack into the future.
WHICH WAY HOME went on a massive tour. With fifty-one shows across five states, it was ILBIJERRI’s biggest national tour to date. It was such a joy to see how universally this story spoke to audiences. It’s satisfying to see a production come through our development program and reach full production so successfully!
VIRAL is the third in the trilogy of Hep-C focused works, in a thirteen-year partnership with Department of Health and Human Services Victoria, Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation Inc., and Hepatitis Victoria. This was a hugely successful tour in all aspects, and a special credit goes to the lead creative team of ILBIJERRI Creative Director Kamarra Bell-Wykes as Director and Dramaturg, and ILBIJERRI founding member Maryanne Sam as Writer. They succeeded in creating great theatre while getting a strong message across. Congratulations team!
As part of BLACKWRIGHTS Artist Development program, we saw four exciting new writers commissioned to develop new works. Also as part of the BLACKWRIGHTS program, we ran a series of Master Labs for First Nations artists, bringing Master Theatre Makers, including John Bolton and Free Theatre to accessible, culturally safe spaces that have been extremely well attended and well received by our artistic community.
In partnership with Arts Centre Melbourne we have started a YOUTH ENSEMBLE. This is just the beginning of a journey to fill a dire gap in support for our young emerging First Nations talent, and we are excited to take this initiative to the next level in 2019.
In partnership with Yalukit Marnang, ILBIJERRI has been the recipient of the biggest single project grant to an organisation from Creative Victoria ever. BAGURRK will be a large-scale production, celebrating the generations of Victorian Aboriginal women descended from Boon Wurrung Louisa Briggs. ILBIJERRI exists on the land of those who’s story we will be telling in BAGURRK. This is long overdue!
Rachael Maza, Artistic Director, ILBIJERRI Theatre Company