Show to tell story of Indigenous pioneers

A stage show that brings to life a historic 1881 Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the rights of Indigenous people has arrived in Ballarat. Picture: Tyson Mowarin

A stage show that brings to life a historic 1881 Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the rights of Indigenous people has arrived in Ballarat. Picture: Tyson Mowarin

A stage show that brings to life a historic 1881 Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the rights of Indigenous people has arrived in Ballarat.

The production Coranderrk will be on show at Her Majesty’s Theatre on Thursday, from 7.30pm.

Ilbijerri Theatre Company and Belvoir show is about follows the men and women of the Coranderrk Aboriginal Reserve.

The group went head-to-head with the Aboriginal Protection Board to achieve a simple, but revolutionary goal.

They wanted 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 parliamentary inquiry.

It is a production that provides both great theatre and great history.

It revives the voices of all the black and white people 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.\

It is also 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.

Ilbijerri Theatre Company create productions that tell stories about Australia and the country’s cultural identities.

Coranderrk promises to be a production that uncovers a unique piece of Australian history.

Tickets can be bought by calling 5333 5888 or online at www.hermaj.com.

FedUni alumni presents show

A Federation University Australia Arts Academy alumni will present a new theatre show in Bendigo.

Graduate Laura Telford wrote Peaked Caps and Khaki in 2015.

It tells the story of Isobel O'Connor and James O'Sullivan, who fell in love and marry after a chance encounter.

The events of the play follow the couple as it explores the trials and tribulations they face during war. 

The show will be performed at Bendigo Bank Theatre from April 21 and 23.

Tickets can be bought at thecapital.com.au/Whats_On/Peaked_Caps_Khaki.