Adapted from the original script by Declan Furber Gillick

Scar Trees

Past Production

Kirra-Lee and Bryce are at the servo. The jerry can is half-full. One phone’s flat and the other one’s out of credit.

Garren’s on his BMX. The shit one. He knows all about what it can do, and its limits. He knows the tracks he doesn’t want to go down. Fightin an that. He knows there’s other ways. There’s gotta be other ways.

Uncle Laurie does his wood carving and runs a men’s group. He’s been off the grog for a while now.

They’re all trying to get to Uncle Pat’s funeral. But when they get there, what stories will be told, and what will be left unspoken?

2019 Tour

Monday 28 Oct | 4PM (Open Dress Run)

Northcote Town Hall

Monday 28 Oct | 7.30PM (Opening Night)

Northcote Town Hall

Tuesday 29 October | 2.30PM

Thorne Harbour Health

Positive Living Centre

51 Commercial Road

South Yarra

Wednesday 30 October | 7.30PM

Kensington Town Hall

Main Hall

30-34 Bellair Street


Thursday 31 October | 1PM

Ballarat and District Aboriginal Cooperative


5 Market Street


Thursday 31 October | 5PM

Ballarat and District Aboriginal Cooperative


5 Market Street


Monday 4 November | 11.30PM

Bendigo and District Aboriginal Cooperative

View Street

Engine Room


Wednesday 6 November | 9AM

Mallee District Aboriginal Services

MDAS Community Hall

70 Nyah Road

Swan Hill

Wednesday 6 November | 3.30PM

Mallee District Aboriginal Services

MDAS Community Hall

120 Madden Avenue


Thursday 7 November | 2PM


197A Golf Links Road


Friday 8 November | 12PM

Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA)

1-7 Langhorne Street


Saturday 9 November | 2.45PM
*This session is part of Open Spaces Festival 2019

Wurundjeri/Woiwurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation

Abbotsford Convent

North Laundry

1 St Heliers Street


Tuesday 12 November | 1.30PM

Gippsland and East Gipplsand Aboriginal Co-Operative (GEGAC)

Keeping Place


Thursday 14 November | 12PM

Healesville Yarra Ranges

The Memo

235 Maroondah Highway


Thank you to all the deadly young people who contributed to the development of SCAR TREES through sharing their stories and experiences.

ILBIJERRI Theatre Company’s SCAR TREES is supported by Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA), The Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and VicHealth.  

Photo: Tiffany Garvie

Presented by ILBIJERRI Theatre Company


Dion Williams

Maurial Spearim

Racheal Oak Butler

The Team

Writer Declan Furber Gillick

Dramaturg and Director Kamarra Bell-Wykes

Producers Emily Butcher & J-Maine Beezley

Social Impact Producer Lisa Parris

Family Violence Support Coordinator Nazaree Dickerson

Set and Sound Design Small Sound

Stage and Production Brock Brocklesby

Costume Consultant Jacinta Keefe  



Supporting Info

If you or anyone you know are experiencing any struggles, having a tough time, or are impacted by family violence, the following services can assist you:

Police/Ambulance – 000

Lifeline – 131 114

Centre Against Sexual Assault (adult/children) - 1800 806 292

he Office of the Child Safety Commissioner – 1300 782 978 or 03 8601 5884

Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre – 1800 015 188 or 03 9322 3555

No to Violence – 1300 766 491

1800RESPECT Counselling and Support Service – 1800 737 7328

Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency  – (03) 9287 8800  


Family Violence

Djirra - 03 9244 333

Dardi Munwurro - 1800 435 799

Elizabeth Morgan House (women’s & children’s refuge) – 0407 937 202 or 03 9482 5744  


Drug & Alcohol

Ngwala Willumbong Ltd – (03) 9510 3233

Bunjilwarra (koori youth 16-25) referral email– [email protected]  



Djirra’s Aboriginal Family Violence Legal Service – 1800 105 303

Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service -1800 064 865 – 03 9418 5999  



Victorian Aboriginal Health Service – 03 9419 300

Victorian Aboriginal Counselling Service – 03 9403 3300  


  • Suitable for years 13+
  • Family violence references
  • Drug references
  • Coarse language
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