La Mama Hart Ian MichaelCurrently playing to critical acclaim at the Brisbane Festival, HART returns to Melbourne Fringe by popular demand playing at the La Mama Courthouse for a limited season from 22 September 2016.

Throughout Australia’s history, an unknown number of Indigenous children have been forcibly removed from their families. Parents were driven mad, grandparents heartbroken, siblings torn apart, language lost, and culture stripped away. Using testimonials from the Stolen Generations, Noongar man Ian Michael invites you to listen in on the silenced stories of this country.

“As a young Indigenous person and performer, it’s vital to be able to tell the stories and the truth from my people. Especially stories of survival and resilience,” says Ian Michael.

Last year’s premiere season at Fringe sold-out, winning Best Emerging Indigenous Artist for performer/co-writer Ian Michael and two Tour Ready to New Zealand and Adelaide Fringe. In 2016 the show has toured to Auckland, Wellington, Adelaide and Perth, receiving critical acclaim and awards Australia and New Zealand-wide.

A brave and quietly devastating performance… Moving theatre that handles some emotionally harrowing material with dignity and grace. – The Age

Director: Penny Harpham Performer & Co-writer: Ian Michael Co-writer: Seanna van Helten Sound Designer: Raya Slavin Lighting Designer: Katie Sfetkidis Set & Costume Designer: Chloe Greaves AV Designer: Michael Carmody Producer: Anna Kennedy Stage Manager: Tonie-Rayne Steele

Theatre Republic – QUT Creative Industries, The Loft, Musk Avenue, Kelvin Grove (Brisbane)
Season continues to 17 September 2016
Information and Bookings: www.brisbanefestival.com.au

La Mama Courthouse, 349 Drummond Street Carlton
Season: 22 September – 2 October 2016
Information and Bookings: www.lamama.com.au

Image: Ian Michael – photo by Gabi Briggs