22 June 2017

ILBIJERRI Theatre Company & Belvoir

A definitive story from our neglected Indigenous history.

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 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.

Written by Andrea James & Giordano Nanni // Directed by Eva Grace Mullaley // Designed by Ruby Langton-Batty & Ralph Myers (Set & Costume), Damien Cooper (Lighting), Ben Grant (Sound) & Peter Worland (Audio Visual) // Starring Trevor Jamieson

Warning // Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander audiences are warned that this production contains images of deceased persons.

Presented by Cessnock Performing Arts Centre.

Image: Tyson Mowarin



Thursday, 22 June – 8pm


1 hour 10 minutes no interval


What ILBIJERRI is ableto take from this painful history is a story of resistance and of strength. ★★★★” - The Age

“This superb performance is a painful reminder of ‘what could have been’ in terms of Aboriginal self-determination” - ArtsHub

This is a vital Australian story, with the abilityto inspire a new generation of utopian thinking – a must see for all. ★★★★”- ArtsHub

“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


Adult $49.00

Concession $45.00

CPAC Member $45.00

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