Jack Charles
v The Crown

By Jack Charles & John Romeril
Director Rachael Maza

An Ilbijerri Theatre Company Production.
Indigenous Theatre at Belvoir supported by The Balnaves Foundation.

  • Venue Upstairs Theatre
  • Dates 30 Mar – 17 Apr 2011

    Uncle Jack Charles is an Australian legend: veteran actor, Koori elder, activist and, until recently, heroin addict and cat-burglar. This is a show about his life – told by him.

    Rachael Maza Long – Artistic Director of Melbourne’s Ilbijerri Theatre Company – has reunited Charles with his longtime collaborator playwright John Romeril. Together they are crafting a telling of Charles’s extraordinary story.

    From Stolen Generation to Koori theatre in the 70s, from film sets to Her Majesty’s prisons, Jack Charles v the Crown runs the gamut of a life lived to its utmost. Charles’s unswerving optimism transforms this tale of addiction, crime and doing time into a kind of vagabond’s progress – a map of the traps of dispossession and a guide to reaching the age of grey-haired wisdom.

    This fleet-footed, light-fingered one-man show is a theatrical delight and a celebration of Australia’s dogged refusal to give up on getting on.


    Writers Jack Charles & John Romeril
    Director Rachael Maza
    Dramaturg John Romeril
    Set & Costume Designer Emily Barrie
    Lighting Designer Danny Pettingill
    Musical Director Nigel Maclean
    Audio Visual Designer Peter Worland
    Production & Stage Manager Suzie Franke


    Jack Charles

    Production images by Heidrun Lohr

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