Based on the life of Uncle Jack Charles and spoken in his own words, Jack Charles V The Crown Is a powerful one-man show that shines the spotlight on the colourful life of one of Australia’s near forgotten treasures.
A respected Aboriginal elder who pioneered Koori theatre in the early 70s, founded Nindethana, the first Aboriginal theatre company, was a television regular and the star of movies including The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Jack Charles is one of Australia’s most highly regarded performers.
At almost 70, no longer caught in the cycle of addiction, crime and doing time, Jack sings and tells his extraordinary tale with extraordinary flair.
The story of Jack Charles is one of the most important stories that ILBIJERRI Theatre Company has brought to the stage. A theatre experience full of pathos and resolve, Jack Charles V The Crown has moved audiences beyond words and brought full houses to standing ovations each night.
It premiered at The Arts Centre at the Melbourne International Arts Festival in October 2010 with a sell-out season. It was presented at Sydney’s Belvoir St Theatre and the Brisbane Festival in 2011, and the Perth Festival in 2012.
Jack Charles V The Crown promises to be a stunning, powerful night at the theatre that will leave audiences uplifted by optimism and astounded by his resilience. This is story telling in its purest form – from one of Australia’s preeminent practitioners of the craft.
Jack Charles V The Crown is currently performing on a national tour. For more information and performance schedule, visit: www.performinglines.org.au/productions/jack-charles-v-the-crown for details.
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