If you watched Australian television or movies, you would be aware of Koorie elder Uncle Jack Charles. His one-man show Jack Charles v The Crown is returning to Melbourne for a limited season at Art Centre Melbourne from 15 to 19 November, 2016.
Presented by Ilbijerri Theatre Company, Jack Charles v The Crown is about his life, told by him. It’s a culmination of years of frustration and rejection from bureaucracy, both black and white.
Uncle Jack Charles is a well-known veteran actor, musician, activist, but for a good portion of his nearly 70 years he has also been an addict, thief and a regular in Victoria’s prisons.
Jack Charles v The Crown runs the gamut of a life lived to its utmost from the Stolen Generation to Koorie theatre in Australia during 1970’s, film sets to prisons. A celebration of Uncle Jack’s refusal to give up from traps of dispossession to reaching the age of grey-haired wisdom.
Written by Jack Charles & John Romeril. It premiered at the 2010 Melbourne International Arts Festival and has been performed in 31 venues throughout Australia, Barbican Theatre in London, the Dublin Theatre Festival and Canada’s National Arts Centre, PuSh Festival and the High Performance Rodeo.
In 2014 Jack Charles received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Green Room Association Awards, he was first Indigenous person to win this category and he was named Victorian Senior of the Year in 2015.
Having met this Australian legend on a number through my love of the arts, I look forward to attending a performance of Jack Charles v The Crown.
For further information on Jack Charles v The Crown and Ilbijerri Theatre Company, click here.
Images supplied. Photos by Bindi Cole.