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)


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


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


…compulsory viewing.

Lloyd Bradford Syke | The Daily Review

What is theatrically compelling here is the way in which the company gradually claims ownership of a piece of the past that, before this show, had slipped from memory.

John McCallum | The Australian