Co-Created by Tom E. Lewis & Michael Kantor (AUS)

The greatest of all epics about nation, is finally an epic about our nation.

Epic and provocative, The Shadow King reworks Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy King Lear as a sprawling, blood-soaked tale of two Indigenous families in Australia’s north. Probing our understanding of kinship and country, it weaves a parable that echoes our nation’s history.

Told through modern English, Kriol languages and a live rock score, this ambitious new production brings together some of Australia’s foremost Indigenous performers, including Tom E. Lewis (The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith) and Jimi Bani (Mabo), along with the music of Bart Willoughby.

Working across cultures and generations, The Shadow King is an unmissable theatrical event of a scale and significance to match the land on which it’s made.

Production contains the following Indigenous languages:

  • Yumpla Tok (Torres Strait Creole)
  • Kala Lagaw Ya (Torres Strait Creole)
  • Gupapuyngu (Yolnga)
  • Katherine Kriol
  • Baard

Festival Conversations: stay for an in-depth conversation with the artists after the Thu 11 Sept, 7pm performance.

This production contains smoking on stage.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government's Major Festivals Initiative, managed by the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals, Melbourne Festival, Sydney Festival, Perth International Arts Festival, Adelaide Festival and Brisbane Festival.

Photograph by Scottie Cameron.
Art Direction by Chase & Galley.


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