CORANDERRK: WE WILL SHOW THE COUNTRY

 

Coranderrk: We Will Show the Country has been staged as part of the Minutes of Evidence project numerous times at La Mama Courthouse in recent years. (http://www.minutesofevidence.com.au/) Due to popular demand from teachers and educators, this groundbreaking performance will soon be made available for school/community performance through La Mama. We are currently taking expressions of interest for 2018. Please book early By combing the power of theatre with specially designed curriculum resources, teachers now have access to a uniquely powerful and highly engaging means of bringing the story of Coranderrk into their classrooms. Through this page, you can request a performance for your school. We’ve compiled all the essential information. Please submit a request and we’ll be in touch with you.

 

 

STORY

In 1881, the people of the Coranderrk Aboriginal Station took on the Board for the Protection of Aborigines in a fight for dignity and self-determination. Today, we bring their voices back to life through a verbatim reading and live performance of their testimonies before the Coranderrk Parliamentary Inquiry. Through the medium of verbatim theatre, the cast of Coranderrk: We Will Show The Country re-enacts key passages from the testimonies, letters and petitions of 20 witnesses (nine of them Aboriginal) who gave evidence at the 1881 Parliamentary Coranderrk Inquiry — from the Wurundjeri clan-head William Barak, who led the Coranderrk community, to the members of the Board for the Protection of Aborigines, who sought to undermine it.

PERFORMANCE

The script of Coranderrk: We Will Show The Country consists entirely of extracts from the minutes of evidence of the 1881 Parliamentary Coranderrk Inquiry. Writer-historian Giordano Nanni and Yorta Yorta playwright Andrea James worked together to distil the key sections of this 141-page document of evidence into a script for a highly engaging theatre performance. This performance has been staged numerous times since 2010 including regionally, in schools and at larger performance venues, including the Sydney Opera House, and on Coranderrk land for descendants of the community.

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EDUCATION

To assist teachers in teaching the history of Coranderrk and Aboriginal Victoria in their classrooms, Social Education Victoria and the Department of Education have developed specially designed curriculum materials for Year 9/10 History and Civics and Citizenship. https://fuse.education.vic.gov.au By providing students with these curriculum materials in combination with a performance of the verbatim-theatre play Coranderrk: We Will Show The Country, teachers now have a valuable and unique opportunity to expose students directly to the voices of Coranderrk, as recorded in the historical archive, thereby making the process of learning this history more engaging, powerful and real. Thank you for your interest in staging a performance of the ground-breaking verbatim-theatre play, Coranderrk: We Will Show The Country

DETAILS AND COSTS:

DURATION: 80 mins
CREW: 9 Performers, 1 Stage Manager/Operator, 1 x Writer/Director/Q&A Facilitator
REQUIREMENTS: [BASIC CHANGE ROOM FOR ACTORS, PARKING AVAILABILITY, ACCESS TO VENUE SUPPORT, A TABLE AND 9 CHAIRS FOR PERFORMANCE ETC]  
COST: The approximate cost per performance is:

  • $15,000 for a one off performance not connected to any other performance
  • $8,000 per performance as part of a collection of performances

Please note:

  • These costs are all-inclusive and will go towards paying cast and crew.
  • The number of schools participating determines the cost per performance so if you know of other schools interested in hosting a performance during the same week as you, this would help lower the cost.

  ADDITIONAL OPTIONS  

Introduction: If you would like the show to be prefaced by a brief 10-minute introduction, let us know and we can arrange this.

Post-show Q&A: If you would like to host a short 20-minute Q&A with the cast and crew, let us know and we can arrange a targeted session with the cast and creative team.   REQUEST A PERFORMANCE

CREDITS

By Giordano Nanni and Andrea James

Based on the original 2010 verbatim production directed by Rachael Maza

Original design by Bronwyn Pringle