A beautiful, heartbreaking play of the Indigenous Gothic genre that provides spiritual reprieve through Creation Stories from the difficult realities of the real-world story. 

An Aboriginal man from the stolen generation is working in his Aboriginal community as a front-line juvenile justice worker, he comes into contact with many Aboriginal adolescent young people who come into contact with the criminal justice system. This story is about how the issues impact not only the young person but their friends, their family, their community, the society they live in and ultimately the Aboriginal worker who is trying to support them. 

This script received the State Library of Victoria R.E Ross Trust Development Award in 2010 and was presented as a reading at the World Theatre Festival in 2011 amongst other awards and developments.

Content warning: 

  • The use of words and descriptions that may be culturally sensitive and which might not normally be used in certain public or community contexts
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander audience members are advised that the following performance contains voices of people who have died
  • The use of Haze
  • Loud noises including poppers, fireworks

An Indigenous Trilogy – Act I: Three Magpies Perched in a Tree will also be livestreamed on November 11, Friday, 7:30pm. Livestream playback will be available for 48 hours.

Written and Performed by Glenn Shea

Directed by Dr Kirsty M Reilly

Narration by Uncle Jack Charles

Image by Crystal Itjuwalyi Napangarti Butcher 2021

Creative team: Glenn Shea, Tessa Spooner, Valentina Serebrennikova (Design), DE (Sound), Browyn Pringle (Lighting), Mia Reilly-Shea, Kristel Kickett, Lauren Thuys, Dr. Kirsty M Reilly (Intimacy Coach) and Lucy Payne (Trainee Intimacy Coach)

Mentees: Isabel Knight (Directing) Brodie Murray (writing), Maxi Sam-Morris (lighting) and Ben Ridgeway (sound)

With rehearsal space support from Carlton Church of All Nations and Grace Acting Studios

Access Information:

Auslan Interpreted: Friday, Nov 11th, 7:30pm

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