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.
Production Images by James Henry
Empire Cardholder $48.00
Youth <25yrs $25.00
Groups 6+ $50.00
School Groups 6+ $22ea
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander audiences are warned that this production contains
images of deceased persons.
Show runs for approximately 1 hour with no interval
Latecomers are not permitted – this is a total lockout (including patrons who leave during the performance, they will not be permitted to return)
“What Ilbijerri is able to take from this painful history is a story of resistance and of strength. ★★★★” - The Age
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