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Tue 26 Nov 2013, 9:00am
Wed 27 Nov 2013, 9:00am
Thu 28 Nov 2013, 9:00am
Fri 29 Nov 2013, 9:00am
Sat 30 Nov 2013, 9:00am
Sun 1 Dec 2013, 9:00am

Where: Arts House - North Melbourne Town Hall, 521 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne, Victoria

Palm Island 2004. An Aboriginal man is arrested, allegedly for insulting a police officer. Within 90 minutes, he lies dead on the watchhouse floor, his liver cleaved in two. The community protests, the police station is torched. A Senior Sergeant stands trial for manslaughter but is acquitted. Questions are raised about manipulation of evidence and a court suppression order. A protestor, jailed for inciting a riot, is out on parole on condition that he speaks to no-one.

Beautiful One Day is a co-production between Ilbijerri Theatre Company, version 1.0, Belvoir St Theatre and the Palm Island community. Brought together via a shared sense of outrage over the death of Mulrunji Doomadgee, Beautiful One Day interprets the events on Palm Island in 2004 against the full sweep of the island’s history.

As raw as it is confronting, the show stars three Islanders in their first theatrical appearances. It combines documentary-style footage with conversation, reportage, stories and images, told in their own words. Beautiful One Day captures the horrible reality of an unnecessary death and yet the remarkable humanity, wisdom and determination to forgive of Palm Islanders.