Posted by Beat Magazine on 25/7/16.
The story of an Australian legend, Koorie elder, activist, former addict and cat burglar will return for a limited run at the Arts Centre.
From Stolen Generation to the Koorie theatre in 1970s Australia, and from film sets to Her Majesty’s prisons, the story of Jack Charles shows a life rich in experience.
The Melbourne International Arts Festival encountered the sell-out premiere of Ilbijerri Theatre Company’s Jack Charles V The Crown in 2010, and since then the work has transcended beyond national borders to play at London’s Barbican Theatre, the Dublin Theatre Festival, Canada’s National Arts Centre, PuSh Festival and the High Performance Rodeo.
Charles was the first Indigenous person to win the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 Green Room Association Awards. He was also named the 2015 Victorian Senior of the Year. Since the work first premiered, it has gone on to play at 31 venues across Australia, to both significant cultural and critical acclaim.
Jack Charles V The Crown runs from Tuesday November 15 to Saturday November 19 at the Playhouse, Arts Centre. Tickets will be available to buy on Wednesday July 27 via The Arts Centre’s website.