Jack Charles' charm, humour and unswerving optimism transforms his life of hard knocks into an extraordinary tale while shining a light on Australia's history of injustices against Aboriginal people.

Jack Charles is an actor and musician, a survivor of the stolen generation of children and a respected Aboriginal elder. Charismatic and funny, he takes his government to task and his audience on a journey through Australia’s social, political, and theatrical landscape.

His life, on the stage, screen and streets, from Stolen Generation to Koori theatre in the 70s, from Hollywood film sets to Victoria’s state prisons,  is depicted through searing images and video footage, monologues, mock courtroom trials and even a pottery demonstration, interspersed with rousing music  from his three-piece band.

Returning triumphantly to the stage under the wing of ILBIJERRI, the oldest Indigenous theatre company in Australia, Charles is not afraid to confront the complexity of his story. His vital reflections on race and the punitive state are uplifted by a sense of hope found within the redemptive qualities of storytelling.

Recommended for ages 15+. Contains strong language, adult themes and images of drug use.
Years 11-13: Drama, Māori Studies, English, Social Sciences

Schools Matinee: Friday March 16 at 12.30 pm (This matinee will also be New Zealand Sign Language interpreted) 
Schools tickets: $15
Venue: Q Theatre, Rangatira


An ILBIJERRI Jack Charles Education Kit is available on booking.

NZSL interpreted performance


Exceptionally engaging, this tells the story of Australia. Just not the one we are used to hearing.