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King Hit single work   drama  
Issue Details: First known date: 1997 1997
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'An acclaimed play that strikes at the very heart of the Stolen Generations, exploring the impact on an individual and a culture when relationships are brutally broken.' 'Based on the life story of Geoffrey Narkle, King Hit mirrors the lives of many Aboriginal people of his generation. Forcibly removed from his family, Geoffrey was raised on Wandering Mission before leaving to join Stewart's Boxing Troupe, where he travelled the South West as a tent boxer.'

'Ultimately it would be Geoffrey's fighting spirit that gave him the strength to turn away from a downward spiral of despair and find peace within and reconcile broken family bonds.' (Source: Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company website; Publisher's blurb,19/07/2009).

Production Details

  • The play toured throughout Western Australia and was also performed in Brisbane.
  • King Hit was first produced by Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company at the

    Dolphin Theatre, Nedlands, on 23 October 1997, with the following

    cast:

    Warren Collard

    Derek Nannup

    James Sollis

    Lynley Tubb

    Director, David Milroy

    Designer, Michael Betts

    Costume Designer, Ron Gidgup

    Lighting Designer, Linda Haywood

    Musical Director, David Chesson

  • 2014 Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company Production: 18 Sept - 4 Oct, The Courtyard, State Theatre Centre of WA, Directed by Kyle J Morrison, featuring Clarence Ryan, Karla Hart, Maitland Schnaars and Ben D'Addario.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 1997
  • Appears in:
    y Contemporary Indigenous Plays Windmill Baby, Rainbow's End, King Hit, Bitin' Back, Black Medea Larissa Behrendt (editor), Vivienne Cleven (editor), Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2007 Z1366759 2007 anthology drama (taught in 12 units)

    'Five plays from around the country which illustrate that the rich tradition of indigenous storytelling is flourishing in contemporary Australian theatre.' (Source: Australianplays.org)

    Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2007
    pg. [83]-116

Works about this Work

King Hit : David Milroy and Geoffrey Narkle Anonymous , single work extract

This document gives information on David Milroy and Geoffrey Narkle and includes the plays first performance, author's notes and characters. The extract begins with Kid Dynamite and George entering the ring.

Production Shapes Up as a Hit in The West 2014 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 10 September no. 584 2014; (p. 13)
''A critically acclaimed play that strikes at the very heart of the Stolen Generations is showing this month at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia...'
Assimilation, Resistance, Survival : History as Autobiography in Geoffrey Narkle's King Hit Hem Raj Bansal , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: IJAS , no. 4 2011; (p. 74-87)
WA's Sad Loss Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company , 2005 single work obituary (for Geoffrey Narkle )
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 7 September no. 359 2005; (p. 24)
Hard Knocks John Townsend , 1997 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 20 October 1997; (p. 6)
WA's Sad Loss Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company , 2005 single work obituary (for Geoffrey Narkle )
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 7 September no. 359 2005; (p. 24)
Hard Knocks John Townsend , 1997 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 20 October 1997; (p. 6)
King Hit : David Milroy and Geoffrey Narkle Anonymous , single work extract

This document gives information on David Milroy and Geoffrey Narkle and includes the plays first performance, author's notes and characters. The extract begins with Kid Dynamite and George entering the ring.

Production Shapes Up as a Hit in The West 2014 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 10 September no. 584 2014; (p. 13)
''A critically acclaimed play that strikes at the very heart of the Stolen Generations is showing this month at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia...'
Assimilation, Resistance, Survival : History as Autobiography in Geoffrey Narkle's King Hit Hem Raj Bansal , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: IJAS , no. 4 2011; (p. 74-87)
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