Imagine that you're a Koorie, that you're in your mid-twenties, that your job is to look into the lives of the dead and the process, policy and attitude that killed them.
Jack is employed by Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. In his role he listens to the stories of grieving families and re-creates the lives of those who have died. A powerful, savage play which takes you into the aching sorrow of deaths in custody.
Conversations With the Dead is published in Blak Inside, a collection of six plays from Victoria by Aboriginal writers, including:
Enuff, by John Harding
Crow Fire, by Jadah Milroy
Belonging, by Tracey Rigney
Casting Doubts, by Maryanne Sam
I Don’t Wanna Play House, by Tammy Anderson
Actor wayne Wayne Blair talks about his career, including his experience performing in Conversations With the Dead.
The preparation of this document was commissioned by Drama Australia to foster access and participation in learning, taking in the broader context of Indigenous educational perspectives and redefining their relevance in the study of Contemporary Indigenou
ACADEMIC PAPER: This thesis compares testimony to Australia's black/white relations in two plays by white writers, Andrew Bovell's 'Holy Day' (2001) and Katherne Thomson's 'Wonderlands' (2003), and two black writers, Tammy Anderson's 'I Don't Wanna Play House' (2001) and Richard J. Frankland's 'Conversations With the Dead' (2002)
"Blak Inside, a series of Indigenous plays from Victoria, performed at Melbourneâ€™s Playbox to sellout crowds. Itâ€™s a vote of confidence in the medium that these writers chose to craft their stories for theatre. I saw 3 of the 5 productions..."