Beautiful One Day
“Beautiful One Day is powerful stuff… it is essential viewing for everyone... Do not miss it.” (Kara Beavis, Critical Mass)
“Personal stories from the performer-devisers are married with verbatim interviews with locals, court transcripts and re-enactments. Fluid sound and visuals seamlessly integrate historical photographs and footage with images of Palm Island today – a tropical ”paradise” that appears at odds with the painful events that have occurred there” (Rebecca Harkins-Cross, The Age)
“Led by seasoned performers… 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 Sydney)
“Beautiful One Day is a work that demonstrates how effective that link between the artistic and the political can be. It’s theatre that matters. It’s a work where the politics are enriched by the art and the art is enriched by the politics.” (Ben Neutze, Crikey)
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)
TAKE PART IN OUR FESTIVAL CONVERSATIONS
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.
Representing the real voices of the community in this stirring work, Beautiful One Day features Palm Island residents Magdalena Blackley, KylieDoomadgee (Mulrunji Doomadgee’s niece) and HarryRuben – as well as Rachael Maza (The Sapphires and ILBIJERRI Theatre Company Artistic Director), who has a family connection to the island.
Devisor/ Audio Visual Designer- Sean Bacon
Devisor/ Performer/ Cultural Consultant – Magdalena Blackley
Devisor/ Performer – Kylie Doomadgee
Devisor/ Performer – Paul Dwyer
Devisor / Director – Eamon Flack
Devisor/ Performer – Rachael Maza
Devisor/ Performer – Jane Phegan
Devisor/ Performer – Harry Reuben
Devisor / Dramaturge – David Williams
Set & Costume Designer – Ruby Langton-Batty
Lighting Designer – Frank Mainoo
Composer & Sound Designer – Paul Prestipino
Acting / Script Coach - Kylie Farmer
ILBIJERRI Theatre Company:
Artistic Director RACHAEL MAZA
Rachael Maza is the Artistic Director for the Ilbijerri Theatre Company in Victoria.Rachael has also had a long association with Company B, one of Australia’s most respected theatre companies. Her performances for the theatre include Conversations with the Dead, The Dreamers and Radiance. Her other theatre roles include Bell Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Playbox Theatre’s production of Holy Day and Wesley Enoch’s production of The Sapphires for the Melbourne Theatre Company and Sydney Festival.
VIEW BIO http://www.rgm.com.au/portfolios/rachael-maza
Executive Producer SIMEON MORAN
Associate Producers LISA PARRIS & JULIA VALENTINI
Development & Marketing Manager IAIN FINLAYSON
Company Manager LAUREN BOK
Finance Manager JON HAWKES
Office Manager MONICA McDONALD
About ILBIJERRY Theatre Company
ILBIJERRI is Australia’s leading and longest running Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Theatre Company. We create challenging and inspiring theatre creatively controlled by Indigenous artists. Our stories are provocative and affecting and gives voice to our unique and diverse cultures.
View company profile http://ilbijerri.com.au/
Beautiful One Day at Belvoir
A theatrical documentary looking for a way to turn outrage into real understanding and new possibilities.
Links and Resources
Beautiful One Day: Ilbijerri Theatre takes Palm Island story to London
Education resource kit: www.beautifuloneday.com.au
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