Jack Charles v The Crown- Auckland Arts Festival touch tour show


Saturday, 17 March 2018, 12:15 pm - 5:00 pm

From Stolen Generation to Koori theatre in the 70s, from Hollywood film sets to Victoria’s state prisons, Jack Charles V The Crown runs the gamut of a life lived to its utmost. A gifted performer, Jack Charles has struggled with homelessness, drug addiction and jail time for much of his career. But this is no simple parable of crime and punishment. Charles’ charm, humour, talent and unswerving optimism transforms his life of hard knocks into an extraordinary tale.

Returning triumphantly to the stage, Charles in not afraid to confront the complexity of his story. In doing so he shines a light on Australia’s history of injustices against Aboriginal people. His vital reflections on race and the punitive state are uplifted by a sense of hope found within the redemptive qualities of storytelling.

Under the wing of ILBIJERRI, the oldest Indigenous theatre company in Australia, Charles’ journey moves lyrically between raw video footage, charismatic monologues, mock courtroom trials and even a pottery demonstration, all interspersed with rousing musical numbers backed by a three-piece band. Delighting audiences internationally, including at an acclaimed premiere season at London’s Barbican Theatre.

1hr 15mins no interval. Recommended for ages 15+. Contains strong language, adult themes and images of drug use.

Touch Tour 12.30 pm (Meet in foyer at 12.15pm).

Show starts at 2pm.

This show does not require audio description and is accompanied by detailed written notes. These will be provided to you on booking.


Tickets $20 each for individual and companion.

The organisers and the Blind Foundation can also help people plan their visit, arrange volunteer companions and transport options.

To request a booking form, email access@aaf.co.nz. Book early as some events have limited capacity. Visit the Auckland Festival accessibility website for more information and to find booking forms, or phone 09 374 0310.


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