We acknowledge and pay our respects to the Elders, Ancestors and leaders of the Kulin Nations on whose unceded lands ILBIJERRI Theatre Company is based.
We extend this respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, recognising their resilience and ongoing connection to land, water and culture, despite ongoing colonial interruption and genocide.
Always was, always will be, sacred Indigenous land.
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“This is an exciting opportunity to get a taste of our repertoire and the exciting new works we have in development” - Rachael Maza, Artistic Director
This is your chance to see short readings from six of our current and upcoming plays in just sixty minutes!
WHICH WAY HOME | Writer Katie Beckett draws on her memories of growing up in suburban Queensland in this heart-warming story of family, loyalty and loving your embarrassing dad. Premiering August 2016.
NORTH WEST OF NOWHERE | Wyatt and Nella journey from their teenage dreams to proud young adults in this raw, honest and fresh exploration of sexual health and respectful sexual relationships. Written for secondary school audiences, with the support of the Department of Health and Human Services. Touring Victoria 2014-2017.
BLOOD ON THE DANCE FLOOR | Indigenous choreographer, dancer and emerging writer Jacob Boehme portrays one man’s experience of the stigma that surrounds being HIV positive in this autobiographical physical monologue, which is ultimately the story of our need to love and be loved. Premiering June 2016.
JACK CHARLES V THE CROWN | A powerful one-man show about the colourful life of one of Australia’s near forgotten treasures. Jack is an actor, musician, potter and gifted performer, but for a good portion of his nearly 70 years he has also been homeless, an addict, a thief and a regular in Victoria’s prisons. Premiered in 2010, and has toured extensively since, most recently to Canada in January 2016.
BEAUTIFUL ONE DAY | Palm Island, 2004. An Aboriginal man dies in police custody. In a direct challenge to police power, the police station is torched and an eleven-year battle for real justice ensues. Premiered in 2012. In 2015, ILBIJERRI took Beautiful One Day home to Palm Island for one emotional performance.
CORANDERRK | Great theatre and great history combine as the men and women of the Coranderrk Aboriginal Reserve take on the Aboriginal Protection Board in a pioneering fight for justice, dignity and self-determination. Premiered in 2013, with a major national tour planned for 2017.
Featuring Isaac Drandic, Sermsah Bin Saad, Monica Karo and Kamarra Bell-Wykes