01 Jun 2017


One of the country’s most prestigious theatre companies will bring a definitive story from Australia’s Indigenous history to the forefront when Coranderrk hits the Empire Theatre stage on Wednesday, July 5.

Ilbijerri Theatre Company’s Coranderrk, which stars some of Australia’s most recognizable faces of theatre, film and TV is about what might have been.

At a Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry in 1881, the men and women of the Coranderrk Aboriginal Reserve went head-to-head with the Aboriginal Protection Board.

Their goal was both simple and revolutionary: to be allowed to continue the brilliant experiment in self-determination they had pioneered for themselves on the scrap of country left to them.

Coranderrk recreates the Inquiry in a manner that makes both great theatre and great history, reviving the voices of all those, black and white, who fought for a better pact between the country’s oldest and newest inhabitants.

This special production pays tribute to the resilience and adaptability of a people who rose to the challenge despite the odds, appropriating the power of the written word to make their own voices ring loud and clear. 

Coranderrk stars Trevor Jamieson (Cleverman, The Secret River, Rabbit Proof Fence) in the lead role, alongside Matthew Cooper, Ebony McGuire and Jesse Butler. 

For more information or to book tickets visit empiretheatre.com.au, call 1300 655 299 or visit the box office at 54 Neil Street.