After a childhood marked by alcoholism, violence and abuse and after being sent to Pentridge for buggery when he was 17, Noel Tovey escaped Australia to live a rags-to-riches story in which be became a dancer, actor, singer, choreographer and director in England and America, working alongside some of the great film and theatre artists of his day. In Little Black Bastard Noel recalls his return to Australia and his reconciliation with the country that had never managed to provide him with a home. His experiences make up one of Australia’s most remarkable stories.


Noel Tovey


By Noel Tovey
Directed by Robina Beard
Designer Richard Roberts
Digital Images Douglas Iain Smith
Lighting Design Rachel Burke
Soundscape and Music Sarah de Jong


Fired by an extraordinary history Little Black Bastard is more than a monologue. Tovey’s eloquent return to shocking ghosts and devastating hardship is a remarkable tale of survival, soul and spirit.

Sydney Morning Herald

Tovey’s performance is gripping and intensely moving… a remarkable story and performance of great cultural and historical performance.

The Age