Published in Plays of the 70s Volume 2
This landmark play portrays life on a mission in Western NSW. A simple, moving story which shows white Christian paternalism from a black point of view. The Cake Man was the first play by an Aboriginal writer to enter the repertoire of the white theatre.
Published with notes on Wiradjuri country and memories of the mission where Merritt was raised.
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"JUSTINE SAUNDERS, the prominent Aboriginal actor of stage, film and television, played a key role in creating frameworks for other indigenous actors to develop their craft, and took a strong national stance on the issue of the stolen generation."
"The National Black Theatre was a theatre company run by a small group of Aboriginal people based in the Sydney suburb of Redfern. The original concept for the theatre grew out of political struggles, especially the land rights demonstrations which at the time were being organised by the Black Moratorium Committee...."
Link to program from Belvoir and Yirri Yaakin Theatre Company production of Robert Merritt's 'The Cake Man'.