Presented by ILBIJERRI Theatre Company & Melbourne Museum


Sidney Myer Amphitheatre
18 February 2005 - 05 March 2005

“Director Wesley Enoch once again produces work marked by significant simplicity and sympathetic realism that includes a great deal of humour” – The Age

Set in the 1950s, in the northern Victorian area of Shepparton and Mooroopna, RAINBOW’S END creates a resonant “snapshot” of one particular Koorie family to dramatise the struggle for decent houses, meaningful education, jobs and community acceptance.

The mood is pure 1950s. The Queen’s visit. The Olympic Games. Bob Dyer’s Pick-a-Box on the radio. The coming of television. Meanwhile three generations of Aboriginal women living on ‘the Flats’ – the banks of the Goulburn River – confront floods, prejudice and how to pay off encyclopaedias. A generation after the Cummeragunga Walk-Off and the struggle continues. Nan Dear remembers – and continues to fight for the freedom that life on The Flats brings. Her daughter Gladys wants what all mothers’ want, a better life for her children, while daughter Dolly can’t understand why they have to live like this. Maybe encyclopaedias have the answer?


Writer Jane Harrison

Director Wesley Enoch

Performers Beryl Booth, Pauline Whyman, Tammy Clarkson & Gareth Ellis

Set and Costume Designer Christina Smith

Lighting Designer Marko Resoindeck

Sound Designer David Franzke