Sydney Opera House

Presented by ILBIJERRI Theatre Company, Melbourne Festival & Sydney Festival

“If his ego is epic, as his opponents allege, so is his story” - The Age

Political agitator Gary Foley presents a swag of stories from a life lived in the spirit of resistance. From the frontlines of black activism to the halls of mainstream culture, he presents a colourful personal history and a dissident narrative of an Australian half-century.

For more than forty years, Gary Foley has been deeply involved in the continuing struggle against foreign invasion. As an activist, academic and actor, he’s been one of the key figures in ensuring that the Aboriginal experience is not written out of this lands history.

Having spent decades spinning the yarns of black Australia, both past and present, he now uses his well-honed skills as troublemaker, teacher and teller of tales to bring his experiences to the stage in an explosive event that weaves his extraordinary life around the major happenings that have shaped modern Australia.

Entertaining and challenging, Foley is as much a personal narrative as it is an account of an untold Australian history. From land rights to native title, from treaty to reconciliation, from the referendum to the embassy, from black power to black pride, Foley, with characteristic black humour, chronicles his life and times in what promises to be an engrossing tale of resistance and tenacity.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patrons are advised that footage used in the performance contains images of people who are now deceased.

This production has been supported by the Office for the Arts Indigenous Culture Support.

Media and resources


“Invigoratingly irreverent, driven by an unflinching lifelong passion for justice, it makes absorbing theatre. It’s a warts and all presentation, and often hilarious”  - Alison Croggon, Theatre Notes, 2011 [Read More]

"Reconciliation is a joke. Native Title is a fraud. So says Gary Foley, and his anecdote-strewn Australian history primer tells you how he came to hold these opinions - and why you should share them" - Jason Blake, Sydney Morning Herald, 2012 [Read More]

"Passionate, illuminating and electrifying...", Chris Hook, The Daily Telegraph, 2012 [Read More]


FOLEY - Education Resource Pack

Creative Team

Writers Gary Foley & Jon Hawkes

Director Rachael Maza

Performer Gary Foley

Lighting & AV Designer Danny Pettingill

AV Designer Peter Worland

Set & Costume Designer Emily Barrie

Sound Designer Anna Liebzeit

Researcher Edwina Howel

Production & Technical Management Bluebottle

Production Manager Frog Peck

Stage Manager Blair Hart

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