'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.'
'This fleet-footed, light-fingered one-man show is a theatrical delight and a celebration of Black Australia’s dogged refusal to give up on getting on.' (Source: Ilbijerri Theatre Company website)
CAST AND CREW
Performed by Jack Charles.
Director: Rachael Maza.
Dramaturge: John Romeril.
Musical Director: Nigel Maclean.
Script Consultant Melanie Beddie.
Set & Costume Designer: Emily Barrie.
Lighting Designer: Danny Pettingill.
Audio Visual Designer: Peter Worland.
2014 - The Barbican, London, 11-15 February; Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin, 8-12 October.
2013 - The Amphitheatre, George’s Green, Darwin Festival, 16 – 18 August; Canberra Theatre, Centenary of Canberra, 17-19 July.
2013 National Tour (1 May 2013 – 18 August 2013)
Frankston Arts Centre (Frankston); Whitehorse Arts Centre (Nunawading); Esso BHP Biliton Wellington Entertainment Centre (Sale); West Gippsland Centre (Warragul); Clocktower Centre (Moonee Ponds); The Drum Theatre (Dandenong); Altona Theatre (Altona); The Butter Factory Theatre (Wodonga); Illawarra Performing Arts Centre (Wollongong); Glen Street Theatre (Belrose); Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (Bathurst); Orange Civic Theatre (Orange); Cessnock Community Performing Arts Centre (Cessnock); Glasshouse Arts, Conference and Entertainment Centre (Port Macquarie); Nambour Civic Centre (Nambour); Griffith Regional Centre (Griffith); Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre (Wagga Wagga); Plenty Ranges Art Centre (South Morang); Chaffey Theatre (Renmark); Hopgood Theatre (Noarlunga); Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre (Mt Gambier); Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre (Bunbury); Mandurah Performing Arts Centre (Mandurah); Queens Park Theatre (Geraldton); Matt Dan Cultural Centre (Port Hedland)
2012 - The Space Theatre, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, 23 June; Albay Entertainment Centre, Perth Festival, 15-23 February.
2011 - Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane Festival, 7-10 September; Upstrairs Theatre, Belvoir Street Theatre, 30 March -17 April.
2010 - Arts Centre, Melbourne International Arts Festival, 12-17 October.
'...It's not easy to draw a man like Jack - to newly see someone so very looked-at. I ask him about the documentary experience: how it feels to be laid bare...'