ILBIJERRI Theatre Company
Jack Charles V The Crown
Co-presented with Performance Space 122
Uncle Jack Charles is an award-winning actor, accomplished musician, indigenous elder and activist, but for a good portion of his 72 years was also considered an addict, thief and a regular throughout the Australian prison system.
Jack Charles V The Crown tells the true story of a life lived to its utmost – from film sets to prisons to 70s Koori theater to the Stolen Generation of Australia’s indigenous children. Charles’ unswerving optimism transforms a tale of addiction, crime and doing prison time into the story of a vagabond’s progress. It is a map of the traps of dispossession and a guide to reaching the age of grey-haired wisdom.
Accompanied by a three-piece band, this one-man show celebrates a nearly forgotten Australian treasure from Australia’s leading and longest running Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander theater company.
Performer, Co-Writer: Jack Charles
Co-writer, Dramaturge: John Romeril
Director: Rachael Maza
Set & Costume Design: Emily Barrie
Lighting Designer: Danny Pettingill
Audio Visual Designer: Peter Worland
Tour Producer: Performing Lines
Musical Director: Nigel Maclean
Percussion: Phil Collings
Bass: Malcolm Beveridge