By Andrea James & Giordano Nanni
Director Isaac Drandic

  • Venue Upstairs Theatre
  • Dates 7 Dec 2013 – 3 Jan 2014
  • Duration Approx 1 hour (no interval)

    A co-production with ILBIJERRI Theatre Company
    Indigenous theatre at Belvoir supported by The Balnaves Foundation

    Coranderrk is about what might have been.

    In the neglected storehouse of Australian history, this is one of the definitive stories. 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 compact between the country’s oldest and newest inhabitants – three dozen of them from 132 years ago, speaking for themselves, directly to us, as though the question at hand remains unanswered today.

    This special co-production between Belvoir and ILBIJERRI 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.

    ILBIJERRI acknowledges the support of the Australian Research Council and the Minutes of Evidence project (LP110200054)


    By Andrea James & Giordano Nanni
    Concept Giordano Nanni
    Director Isaac Drandic
    Set & Costume Designers Ruby Langton-Batty & Ralph Myers
    Lighting Designer Damien Cooper
    Composer & Sound Designer Ben Grant
    Audio Visual Designer Peter Worland
    Stage Manager Chantelle Foster
    Assistant Stage Manager Grace Nye-Butler


    Kate Beckett
    Jack Charles
    Mathew Cooper
    Kelton Pell
    Melodie Reynolds-Diarra
    Bjorn Stewart

    Rehearsal images by Heidrun Lohr
    Production images by Patrick Boland

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