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Screen shot from the play Jack Charles v The Crown
Jack Charles v The Crown single work   drama   Indigenous story  
Issue Details: First known date: 2010 2010
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AbstractHistoryArchive Description

'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)

Production Details

  • 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.

    PERFORMANCE HISTORY

    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.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Works about this Work

Stolen Moments Maxine Beneba Clarke , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 16-22 August 2014; (p. 30)

'...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...'

Review : Jack Charles v The Crown at the Barbican Thomas Jones , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: KangRooviews 2014;

— Review of Jack Charles v The Crown Jack Charles John Romeril 2010 single work drama
'Veteran Aboriginal actor Uncle Jack Charles speaks nothing by the truth in his deeply personal stage production Jack Charles v The Crown, play at the Barbican until 15 February...'.
Award a Tribute to Ilbijerri Endeavour Sonia Harford , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 19 March 2013; (p. 13)
Jack Charles Goes to Market 2012 single work column
— Appears in: Artery , December 2012;
Treading the Boards to T.I. Matt Garrick , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: Torres News , 9 July no. 1022 2012; (p. 11)
Prize for Portrait of a Man Purged of the 'Powders' Diana Streak , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 20 March 2012; (p. 2)
Rod McNicol has won the 2012 National Photographic Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery with a photograph of his friend, Jack Charles.
How a Career and a Life Were Resurrected Joyce Morgan , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 26-27 March 2011; (p. 13)
One-Man Show Hits Belvoir St 2011 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 6 April no. 498 2011; (p. 49)
Indigenous Attractions at the 2011 Brisbane Festival Michaela Tam , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: National Indigenous Times , 10 August vol. 10 no. 232 2011; (p. 65)
Voice of Experience Softens the Edges of a Life Lived Rough and Hard Jason Blake , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 4 April 2011; (p. 9)

— Review of Jack Charles v The Crown Jack Charles John Romeril 2010 single work drama
A 'Mongrel' on a Mission Fiona Purdon , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 13 - 14 August 2011; (p. 14)

— Review of Jack Charles v The Crown Jack Charles John Romeril 2010 single work drama
True Man of the Earth Sue Gough , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 9 September 2011; (p. 72)

— Review of Jack Charles v The Crown Jack Charles John Romeril 2010 single work drama
Rough Life Flowers into One-Man Show Michaela Boland , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 14 July 2010; (p. 3)
The Resurrection of Jack Kylie Northover , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 6 October 2010; (p. 21)
Blanche's Boy Anna Krien , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Monthly , October vol. 61 no. 2010; (p. 16-17)
300 'Black Bums on Seats' 2010 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 6 October no. 486 2010; (p. 61)
'Fifteen Indigenous students taking part in the Mumgu Dhal leadership course at Victoria University have launched a project to get 300 'Black Bums on Seats' in an effort to engage the community with Indigenous theatre' by seeing 'Jack Charles V The Crown.' Source: Koori Mail 6 October 2010.
A Talented Life Rediscovered Cameron Woodhead , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 14 October 2010; (p. 23)

— Review of Jack Charles v The Crown Jack Charles John Romeril 2010 single work drama
Inside the Thinking of Two people Worlds Apart Alison Croggon , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 18 October 2010; (p. 16)

— Review of Jack Charles v The Crown Jack Charles John Romeril 2010 single work drama
Untitled John Bailey , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 24 October 2010; (p. 19)

— Review of Jack Charles v The Crown Jack Charles John Romeril 2010 single work drama
Untitled John Bailey , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 24 October 2010; (p. 19)

— Review of Jack Charles v The Crown Jack Charles John Romeril 2010 single work drama
Inside the Thinking of Two people Worlds Apart Alison Croggon , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 18 October 2010; (p. 16)

— Review of Jack Charles v The Crown Jack Charles John Romeril 2010 single work drama
A Talented Life Rediscovered Cameron Woodhead , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 14 October 2010; (p. 23)

— Review of Jack Charles v The Crown Jack Charles John Romeril 2010 single work drama
True Man of the Earth Sue Gough , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 9 September 2011; (p. 72)

— Review of Jack Charles v The Crown Jack Charles John Romeril 2010 single work drama
A 'Mongrel' on a Mission Fiona Purdon , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 13 - 14 August 2011; (p. 14)

— Review of Jack Charles v The Crown Jack Charles John Romeril 2010 single work drama
Voice of Experience Softens the Edges of a Life Lived Rough and Hard Jason Blake , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 4 April 2011; (p. 9)

— Review of Jack Charles v The Crown Jack Charles John Romeril 2010 single work drama
Review : Jack Charles v The Crown at the Barbican Thomas Jones , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: KangRooviews 2014;

— Review of Jack Charles v The Crown Jack Charles John Romeril 2010 single work drama
'Veteran Aboriginal actor Uncle Jack Charles speaks nothing by the truth in his deeply personal stage production Jack Charles v The Crown, play at the Barbican until 15 February...'.
Blanche's Boy Anna Krien , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Monthly , October vol. 61 no. 2010; (p. 16-17)
The Resurrection of Jack Kylie Northover , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 6 October 2010; (p. 21)
Rough Life Flowers into One-Man Show Michaela Boland , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 14 July 2010; (p. 3)
Indigenous Attractions at the 2011 Brisbane Festival Michaela Tam , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: National Indigenous Times , 10 August vol. 10 no. 232 2011; (p. 65)
One-Man Show Hits Belvoir St 2011 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 6 April no. 498 2011; (p. 49)
How a Career and a Life Were Resurrected Joyce Morgan , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 26-27 March 2011; (p. 13)
Jack Charles Goes to Market 2012 single work column
— Appears in: Artery , December 2012;
Treading the Boards to T.I. Matt Garrick , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: Torres News , 9 July no. 1022 2012; (p. 11)
Prize for Portrait of a Man Purged of the 'Powders' Diana Streak , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 20 March 2012; (p. 2)
Rod McNicol has won the 2012 National Photographic Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery with a photograph of his friend, Jack Charles.
Award a Tribute to Ilbijerri Endeavour Sonia Harford , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 19 March 2013; (p. 13)
Stolen Moments Maxine Beneba Clarke , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 16-22 August 2014; (p. 30)

'...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...'

300 'Black Bums on Seats' 2010 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 6 October no. 486 2010; (p. 61)
'Fifteen Indigenous students taking part in the Mumgu Dhal leadership course at Victoria University have launched a project to get 300 'Black Bums on Seats' in an effort to engage the community with Indigenous theatre' by seeing 'Jack Charles V The Crown.' Source: Koori Mail 6 October 2010.
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