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“There is something special about Uncle Jack. Something about his voice, his stature, his laugh, his story – something powerful but humbling. It was that something that ricocheted people to their feet to give the man a standing ovation. It is most certainly, something that you won’t want to miss.” - Australian Stage
Uncle Jack Charles is an Australian legend: veteran actor, musician, Koori elder and activist, but for a good portion of his nearly 70 years he has also been an addict, a thief and a regular in Victoria’s prisons.
From Stolen Generation to Koori theatre in the 70s, from film sets to Her Majesty’s prisons, JACK CHARLES V THE CROWN runs the gamut of a life lived to its utmost. Charles’ unswerving optimism transforms this tale of addiction, crime and doing time into a kind of vagabond’s progress – a map of the traps of dispossession and a guide to reaching the age of grey-haired wisdom.
This fleet-footed, light-fingered one-man show is a theatrical delight and a celebration of Black Australia’s dogged refusal to give up on getting on.
“Steeped in decades of our history (social, political, theatrical), surprisingly upbeat… a warm-hearted, very entertaining evening” - Sydney Morning Herald
“A well-crafted piece of theatrical cabaret. This show literally embodies a significant slice of theatrical and social history. An open-hearted crowd-pleaser” - Alison Croggon, Theatre Notes
“…a very personal, unique and powerful piece of theatre” - KangRooviews, 2014
“Come for the music alone, and you'll leave feeling that you've gotten your money's worth… With such talent accompanying the show, it is perhaps unsurprising that Jack Charles and co-author John Romeril's creativity has fruited so sweetly in Charles's remarkable performance” - John P Harvey, Stage Whispers, 2013
“There is something special about Uncle Jack. Something about his voice, his stature, his laugh, his story something powerful but humbling. It was that something that ricocheted people to their feet to give the man a standing ovation. It is most certainly, something that you won't want to miss” - Dione Joseph, Australian Stage, 2010
“Jack Charles V the Crown is a tribute to an indigenous star, and an inspiring journey of resilience and reconnection” - Cameron Woodhead, The Age, 2010
6 May 2018 Shizuoka Arts Theatre, Japan
Presented in Japan with generous support from Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade as part of the Australia Now program.
15-18 March 2018 Q Rangatira, Auckland Arts Festival
22-24 March 2017 New York Live Arts
29 March - 8 April 2017 Canadian Stage, Berkely Street Theatre (Toronto)
15-20 November 2016 Arts Centre Melbourne
12-30 January 2016 Canadian Tour
National Arts Centre, Ottawa
PuSh Festival, Vancouver
High Performance Rodeo, Calgary
8-12 October 2014 Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin Theatre Festival
11-15 February 2014 The Barbican, London
16-18 August 2013 The Amphitheatre, George’s Green, Darwin Festival
17-19 July 2013 Canberra Theatre, Centenary of Canberra
2013 NATIONAL TOUR: 1 May - 18 August 2013
Frankston Arts Centre
Whitehorse Arts Centre (Nunawading)
Esso BHP Biliton
Wellington Entertainment Centre (Sale)
West Gippsland Centre (Warragul)
Clocktower Centre (Moonee Ponds)
The Drum Theatre (Dandenong)
The Butter Factory Theatre (Wodonga)
Illawarra Performing Arts Centre (Wollongong)
Glen Street Theatre (Belrose)
Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre
Orange Civic Theatre
Cessnock Community Performing Arts Centre
Glasshouse Arts, Conference & Entertainment Centre (Port Macquarie)
Nambour Civic Centre
Griffith Regional Centre
Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre
Plenty Ranges Art Centre (South Morang)
Chaffey Theatre (Renmark)
Hopgood Theatre (Noarlunga)
Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre (Mt Gambier)
Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre
Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
Queens Park Theatre (Geraldton)
Matt Dan Cultural Centre (Port Hedland)
23 June 2012 The Space Theatre, Adelaide Cabaret Festival
15-23 February 2012 Albany Entertainment Centre, Perth Festival
7-10 September 2011 Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane Festival
30 March - 17 April 2011 Upstairs Theatre, Belvoir Street Theatre
12-17 October 2010 Arts Centre, Melbourne International Arts Festival
Starring Jack Charles Writers Jack Charles & John Romeril Director Rachael Maza Dramaturge John Romeril Musical Director Nigel MacLean Guitar & Violin Nigel MacLean Percussion Phil Collings Bass Mal Beveridge Script Consultant Melanie Beddie Set & Costume Designer Emily Barrie Lighting Designer Danny Pettingill Audio Visual Designer Peter Worland
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