ILBIJERRI Theatre Company & Belvoir
A definitive story from our neglected Indigenous history, starring Trevor Jamieson
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.
Coranderrk is a collaboration between leading Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, researchers, education experts and community members. The production aims to encourage a shared understanding of the past between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.
“It is honest, open, raw, emotional, poignant; true. There is a strong spirit in Coranderrk. And to sit in a crowded darkened theatre and witness it, is a truly humbling experience.” THE SPELL OF WAKING HOURS
“This is a vital Australian story, with the ability to inspire a new generation of utopian thinking – a must see for all.
WARNINGS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander audiences are warned that this production contains images of deceased persons
RUNNING TIME 70 minutes, no interval
AGE RECOMMENDATION All ages
2017 BMEC Season proudly sponsored by Reliance Credit Union