Jack Charles v The Crown

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

A well-crafted piece of theatrical cabaret. This show literally embodies a significant slice of theatrical and social history. An open-hearted crowd-pleaser.
Alison Croggon, Theatre Notes

An extraordinary tale 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.

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.


Jack Charles
John Romeril

Directed by
Rachael Maza

Performed by
Jack Charles

An ILBIJERRI Theatre Company Production

Tours produced by Performing Lines

Jack Charles v The Crown is managed by Ilbijerri Theatre Company.

Presentation History

Performance Space 122
New York, USA
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Full Presentation History for Jack Charles v The Crown

Performance Space 122
New York, USA
National Arts Centre
Ottawa, Canada
Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre
Vancouver, Canada
The University Theatre
Calgary, Canada
Arts Centre Melbourne
Melbourne, VIC

Project Partners & Acknowledgements

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