Coranderrk | Ilbijerri Theatre Co & Belvoir

NORPA presents a ILBIJERRI Theatre Company and Belvoir production

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

Cast Trevor Jamieson, Mathew Cooper, Jesse Butler, Ebony McGuire

Director Eva Grace Mullaley
Writers Andrea James & Giordano Nanni
Sound Designer James Henry
Audio Visual Designer Keith Deverell
Lighting Designer Tegan Evans
Costume Designer Brynna Lowen
Set Designers Brynna Lowen & Tegan Evans
Production Manager Sarah Wong
Stage Manager Brock Brocklesby


“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.

The menu for Coranderrk performances will be:
Roasted Pumpkin and Kumara Soup with crusty bread, dollop of sour cream, cinnamon & nutmeg sprinkles and chopped chives $12
Chilli con carne with soft corn tortilla, dollop of sour cream and smashed avocado, mixed herbs $14
Gourmet sausage sizzle with sauerkraut, diced pickles, shredded tasty cheese, mustard sauce and sweet tomato relish $12 *tofu option*
Assorted cakes and sweet treats

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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Production images by James Henry.