Brisbane Festival in association with Queensland Performing Arts Centre present

Beautiful One Day

23 - 26 Sep
QPAC - Cremorne Theatre
ILBIJERRI Theatre Company and Belvoir (AUS)

Palm Island, Queensland, 2004. An Aboriginal man dies in police custody. Members of the community make a direct challenge to police power and the police station is torched. Eleven years later, the people of Palm Island continue to demand real justice.

ILBIJERRI Theatre Company and Belvoir came together over a shared sense of outrage at the injustices surrounding the death of Mulrunji Doomadgee. Prompted by the Palm Island community, they have looked for a way to turn anger into understanding.

As raw as it is shocking, this theatrical documentary stars three Palm Islanders, including Doomadgee's niece, in their first stage appearances, and intersperses personal stories of the performers with interviews with locals, court transcripts, and re-enactments. It captures the horrible reality of an unnecessary death and the Palm Islanders’ remarkable humanity, wisdom and determination to forgive.

Beautiful One Day played at London's Southbank Centre as part of the Origins: Festival of First Nations, and will have its first performances on Palm Island immediately before Brisbane Festival.

"Anger, humour and hope are finely balanced in this warm and illuminating evening of theatre. Of the many and varied stage experiences seen this year, this stands out as one of the essential." (Sydney Morning Herald)

The cast weaves reportage, interviews, transcripts ad documents with sound and video to create a vivid, poignant, political and often unexpectedly funny work of theatre that demands our full attention, deserves it and rewards it." (Sun-Herald)

"It’s theatre that matters." (Daily Review)



Join artists from the show along with a panel for Festival Conversation ‘#BlackLivesMatter. This commences Monday 21 September at 12pm at Auditorium 1, State Library of Queensland. Entry is free.


This production is 15+ and contains coarse language.
Production by ILBIJERRI Theatre Company and Belvoir. This production has been supported by the Balnaves Foundation, the Besen Family Foundation and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts and the Indigenous Cultural Support Fund.
Photography by Heidrun Löhr
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Duration : 80 minutes
Adult $38
Concession^ $35

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QPAC - Cremorne Theatre

Corner Grey and Melbourne Streets
Queensland Performing Arts Centre
QLD 4101

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