When Jack Davis died in 2000, Australians mourned the loss of one of the country’s great story tellers; known not only for the strength of his spirit and the power of his convictions, but also for his brilliant ear for language and instinctive theatrical cunning.
The Dreamers is a landmark Australian classic of Aboriginal displacement and dislocation. It is a remarkable urban portrait of an Indigenous Australian family living in a large Australian city: a raw depiction of the search for identity and place and peace. Yet despite its bleak truths about alcoholic abuse and petty crime, it is ultimately a rich and beautiful tale of dreaming and transcendence, autonomy and honestly and is infused with Uncle Jack’s renowned wisdom, humour and optimism.
Following the extraordinary success of Stolen in 2000, Wesley Enoch returned to the company in 2002 to direct The Dreamers, with one of the company’s most loved and respected actors, Kevin Smith, as Uncle Worru.
Michael Watson Bayles
By Jack Davis
Director Wesley Enoch
Designer Dale Ferguson
Lighting Designer Mark Howett
Music Wayne Freer
Cultural Advisor Lynette Narkle
Production images by Heidrun Lohr