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The BlakStage collection is an international gateway to the best of Australian First Nations playwriting.
The collection is developed under the artistic guidance of leading First Nations writers and theatre-makers. Playscripts – groundbreaking early works alongside noteworthy newcomers – are augmented with interviews, videos, photos and production histories as well as cultural protocols and teaching guides.
It is a remarkable and rapidly evolving body of work, grounded in ancient storytelling traditions.
Blakstage was launched in 2013 and continues to grow. It was initially assisted by the Sidney Myer Fund and by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. We thank the following organisations and individuals who contributed time and expertise to bring BlakStage to fruition: Cathy Craigie, Liza-Mare Syron, Ray Kelly, Diat Alferink, Maryrose Casey, Wesley Enoch, Yirra Yaakin Aboriginal Theatre Company, Ilbijerri Theatre Company, Magabala Books, Black Words, Kurruru Youth Performing Arts, Kyle Morrison and Jane Harrison.
Palm Island, 2004. An Aboriginal man dies in police custody. Members of the Palm Island community make a direct challenge to police power and the police station is torched. Eight years later, the people of Palm Island continue to demand real justice, and all the while life...
Uncle Jack Charles is an Australian legend: veteran actor, musician, Koori elder and activist, but for a good portion of his nearly 70 years he has also been an addict, a thief and a regular in Victoria’s prisons. From Stolen Generation to Koori theatre in the 70s, from...