CORANDERRK is about what might have been.
At a Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry in 1881, the men and women of the Coranderrk Aboriginal Reserve went head-to-head with the Aboriginal Protection Board. Their goal was both simple and revolutionary: to be allowed to continue the brilliant experiment in self-determination they had pioneered for themselves on the scrap of country left to them.
CORANDERRK recreates the Inquiry. This is both great theatre and great history. It revives the voices of all those, black and white, who fought for a better pact between the country’s oldest and newest inhabitants.
This special production pays tribute to the resilience and adaptability of a people who rose to the challenge despite the odds, appropriating the power of the written word to make their own voices ring loud and clear.
The cast of CORANDERRK will be giving a pre show talk on the work from 6.30pm-7.00pm in the Drama Theatre on May 23. All ticket holders for the 7:30pm performance are welcome to attend.
Director Eva Grace Mullaley
Performers Trevor Jamieson, Mathew Cooper, Ebony McGuire & Jesse Butler
Costume Designer Brynna Lowen
Lighting Designer Tegan Evans
Sound Designer James Henry
Audio Visual Designer Keith Deverell Original AV design by Peter Worland
Stage Manager Brock Brocklesby
Production Manager Sarah Wong
PRESENTED BY: Monash University Academy of Performing Arts in association with ILBIJERRI Theatre Company & Belvoir
Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander audiences are warned that this production contains images of deceased persons.