Extraordinary Black Theatre like you have never seen before, told by one of Australia’s near forgotten treasures.

Uncle Jack Charles is an Australian legend: veteran actor, musician, Koori elder and activist, but for a good portion of his nearly 70 years he has also been an addict, a thief and a regular in Victoria’s prisons.

From Stolen Generation to Koori theatre in the 70s, from film sets to Her Majesty’s prisons, Jack Charles V The Crown runs the gamut of a life lived to its utmost. Charles’ unswerving optimism transforms this tale of addiction, crime and doing time into a kind of vagabond’s progress – a map of the traps of dispossession and a guide to reaching the age of grey-haired wisdom.

“Steeped in decades of our history (social, political, theatrical), surprisingly upbeat… a warm-hearted, very entertaining evening.” Sydney Morning Herald

Accompanied by a three-piece band, this one man show is a theatrical delight and a celebration of one of the country’s near forgotten treasures/ brought to us by Australia’s leading and longest running Indigenous theatre company.  (alternative ending if one of intro lines is used).

TOURING HISTORY

Canadian Stage, Toronto (CAN) | April 2017
Performance Space 122, New York (USA) | March 2017
Arts Centre Melbourne | November 2016
National Arts Centre, Ottawa (CAN) | January 2016
PuSh Festival, Vancouver (CAN) | January 2016
High Performance Rodeo, Calgary (CAN) | January 2016
Dublin Theatre Festival (IRE) | 11-15 February 2014
The Barbican (UK) | 11-15 February 2014
Darwin Entertainment Centre | 17 - 18 August 2013
Matt Dann Cultural Centre, Port Hedland | 12 August 2013
Queens Park Theatre, Geraldton | 9 August 2013
Mandurah Performing Arts Centre | 6 August 2013
Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre | 3 August 2013
Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre, Mt Gambier | 30 July 2013
Hopgood Theatre, Noarlunga | 26 July 2013
Chaffey Theatre, Renmark | 23 July 2013
Centenary of Canberra, Canberra Theatre Centre | 17 - 19 July 2013
Plenty Ranges Art Centre | 6 July 2013
Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre | 3 July 2013
Griffith Regional Centre | 29 June 2013
Nambour Civic Centre | 26 June 2013
Glasshouse Arts, Port Macquarie | 21 - 22 June 2013
Cessnock Community Performing Arts Centre | 19 June 2013
Orange Civic Theatre | 15 June 2013
Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre | 12 - 13 June 2013
Glen Street Theatre, Belrose | 5 - 8 June 2013
Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Wollongong | 29 May - 1 June 2013
The Butter Factory Theatre, Wodonga | 21 - 25 May 2013
Altona Theatre, Altona | 18 May 2013
The Drum Theatre, Dandenong | 15 - 16 May 2013
Clocktower Centre, Moonee Ponds | 11 May 2013
West Gippsland Centre, Warragul | 9 May 2013
Esso BHP Biliton Wellington Entertainment Centre, Sale | 7 May 2013
White Horse Centre, Nunawading | 3 - 4 May 2013
Frankston Arts Centre | 1 May 2013
Adelaide Cabaret Festival | 23 June 2012
Perth Festival | 15 - 23 February 2012
Brisbane Festival | 7 - 10 Sep 2011
Belvoir St Theatre, Sydney | 30 March - 17 April 2011
Melbourne International Arts Festival | 12 - 17 October 2010

CREDITS

Co-writers Jack Charles, John Romeril
Director Rachael Maza
Performed by Jack Charles
Musical Director Nigel Maclean
Percussion Phil Collings
Bass Malcolm Beveridge
Dramaturg John Romeril
Set & Costume Designer Emily Barrie
Lighting Designer Danny Pettingill
Audio Visual Designer Peter Worland
Images Bindi Cole