Esteemed Australian entertainer Robina Beard consummately plays the role of Daisy Bates, the iconic woman who lived with tribal peoples in the outback early in the twentieth century. At night, while retired, and camping beside the Murray River, the ageing Bates tells the stories of her life. Memories, movement, characterisation, humour and passion provide a rich imaginary and historical window into the Australian continent and its first peoples, that can continue to resonate with modern audiences.

“Beard’s performance as Bates in Geoffrey Sykes’ one-woman play is so feather light she barely seems to be acting. She creates a character as soft as early morning light and just as luminous.”
– Sydney Morning Herald

“One knows they are in the presence of a consummate actor, when they never once doubt that person is indeed who they purport to be…dialogue is beautifully lyrical and flows as freely as the mighty river on which his story is set.”
– Adelaide Theatre Guide

“Tales of Kabbarli is a riveting and entertaining play, and a warranted success for Beard and all concerned.”
– InDaily Adelaide

“Impeccable, an authentic voice… one woman’s lament for the vanishing tribes.”
– Melbourne Times

Written and directed by Geoffrey Sykes

Performed by Robina Beard

Produced by Playscript

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June 22 – 26


Wed 6:30pm Thu 7.30pm Fri 7.30pm Sat 7.30pm Sun 4pm


La Mama Courthouse

Tickets Info/

Full $25 Concession $15

Phone Booking/

03 9347 6142

Running Time/

Approx. 65 min