Coranderrk | Ilbijerri Theatre Co & Belvoir


NORPA presents

Created by ILBIJERRI Theatre Company and Belvoir


about the show

CORANDERRK is about what might have been.

At a Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry in 1881, the men and women of the Coranderrk Aboriginal Reserve went head-to-head with the Aboriginal Protection Board. Their goal was both simple and revolutionary: to be allowed to continue the brilliant experiment in self-determination they had pioneered for themselves on the scrap of country left to them.

CORANDERRK recreates the Inquiry. This is both great theatre and great history. It revives the voices of all those, black and white, who fought for a better pact between the country’s oldest and newest inhabitants. This special production pays tribute to the resilience and adaptability of a people who rose to the challenge despite the odds, appropriating the power of the written word to make their own voices ring loud and clear.

CORANDERRK a collaboration between leading Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, researchers, education experts and community members. The production aims to encourage a shared understanding of the past between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.


creative team

Written by Andrea James & Giordano Nanni
Directed by Eva Grace Mullally
Set & Costume Design | Ruby Langton-Batty & Ralph Myers
Lighting Design | Damien Cooper
Sound Design | Ben Grant
AV Design | Peter Worland

Starring Trevor Jamieson


“What ILBIJERRI is able to take from this painful history is a story of resistance and of strength.” ★★★★
The Age
“This superb performance is a painful reminder of ‘what could have been’ in terms of Aboriginal self-determination.”
“This is a vital Australian story, with the ability to inspire a new generation of utopian thinking – a must see for all.” ★★★★
“It is honest, open, raw, emotional, poignant; true. There is a strong spirit in Coranderrk. And to sit in a crowded darkened theatre and witness it, is a truly humbling experience.”

bar and diner

The Bank Cafe Diner will be open from 6pm. They will be offering main meals, share plates and desserts. (There will always be vegetarian and gluten free options available). The seasonal menu will be confirmed one week before the performance date.

Lismore City Hall has indoor and outdoor dining options.

Our licensed bar will be open from 6pm, and also during and after the show. Drinks purchased from the bar are permitted inside the theatre. Sorry, no BYO.

Patron advice

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander audiences are warned that this production contains images of deceased persons.
Duration is 70 minutes (no interval).


Non Subscribers
Adult $55
Senior/Concession/Groups 4+ $49
Under 25 $25

Adult $44
Senior/Concession/Groups 4+ $40
Under 25 $20

Allocated seating (numbered tickets).
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