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Beautiful One Day


Sat 18 Apr 2015, 7:30pm–8:45pm

Where: Her Majesty's Theatre, 17 Lydiard Street South, Ballarat, Ballarat and Western District

Restrictions: 15+

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $50.00
  • member: $40.00
  • concession: $45.00
  • Student: $15.00
  • Group 6 +: $40.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: pbpmedia

Critically acclaimed theatrical documentary, Beautiful One Day, Prompts fresh interest in 2004 Palm Island riots Melbourne and regional Victoria (April/May) Southbank Centre, London (June) Palm Island (September).

A recently expired gag order on the ‘leader’ of the 2004 Palm Island riots has ignited new interest in the death in custody case of Mulrunji Doomadgee ahead of a return season of the critically acclaimed theatrical documentary Beautiful One Day.

After a sell-out season in Melbourne in 2013, the highly acclaimed production returns this April/May for a tour of regional Victoria and metro Melbourne. The production will also premiere at the Southbank Centre, London (24 + 25 June) as part of the Origins: Festival of First Nations, and for the first time in the company’s history, a fully staged professional theatre production will be presented on Palm Island (September) as part of the Palm Island Spring Fair.

Palm Island elder Lex Wotton – who was jailed for his part in the riots – will take part in a community forum in Melbourne on Sunday 19 April. In April a Pozible campaign will be mounted to help fund the tour to Palm Island.

Beautiful One Day is a co-production between ILBIJERRI Theatre Company and Belvoir, who came together in 2011 over a shared sense of outrage at the injustices surrounding the death in custody of Mulrunji Doomadgee.

Described by the Sun Herald as ‘A vivid, poignant, political and often unexpectedly funny work … that demands our full attention, deserves it and rewards it,’ Beautiful One Day is a theatrical documentary about the irrepressible life and times of Palm Island.

Originally frustrated by the state response, members of the Palm Island community made a direct challenge to police power and torched the police station. Eleven years later, the community continues to demand real justice and their participation in the production of Beautiful One Day has allowed many to turn anger into real understanding and new possibilities.

Through a determined struggle to understand the persistent heavy-handedness of white Australia, Beautiful One Day charts the course of repression, racism and the astonishing resilience of the people who call Palm Island home.

Representing the real voices of the community in this stirring work, Beautiful One Day features Palm Island residents Magdalena Blackley, Kylie Doomadgee (Mulrunji Doomadgee’s niece) and Harry Ruben – as well as Rachael Maza (The Sapphires and ILBIJERRI Theatre Company Artistic Director), who has a family connection to the island.

Its success as grappling with challenging themes of racial discrimination and injustice and its blend of contemporary playmaking techniques has resulted in it being selected for the 2015 VCE Drama Unit 3 & 4 Playlist.

An antidote to the relentlessly negative media coverage, this work interweaves the stories of Palm Island, the diktats of white Australia and the voices of the community to create something that is honest, joyful and poignant.

Contains coarse language
Adult themes
Suggestions of violence