A NORPA production

My Cousin Frank

Written and told by Rhoda Roberts AO

“I am so proud to be telling an element of our family story,”  Rhoda Roberts AO

Francis ‘Frank’ Roberts spent his entire life fighting. A boxing champion, he was the first Aboriginal Olympian, and respected for his contribution to the ‘sweet science’ in Australia. Outside the ring, the man they called “Honest Frank” fought tirelessly for his family and culture.

Join Rhoda Roberts AO for an evening of personal storytelling as she shares tales of her first cousin Frank, a Widjabul Wia-bal and Githabul man from Cubawee.

Rhoda brings the fighting spirit of Frank and her mob to life on stage as she recalls a family’s journey from the tumultuous era of dispersal and silence to navigating a world controlled by Government policy.

These are important stories about the places we call home, our shared past, and aspirations for a better tomorrow. With a great mix of nostalgia, empathy, and humour, My Cousin Frank sheds light on the history of the Northern Rivers.

This event has been made to develop the new NORPA production FIRST ABORIGINAL OLYMPIAN, coming to the stage in 2025. Be part of the creative journey!

Dates and venue

24 August, 2pm + 7.30pm | Star Court Theatre, Lismore

30 August 7:30pm; 31 August 2pm + 7.30pm | Byron Theatre, Byron Bay


Adult $59
Concession $45
Under 30 $30
Mobtix $25

Please note there is $5.50 booking fee per transaction
Prices are correct at the time of publication and subject to change without notice.


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Our support of First Nations stories like My Cousin Frank are essential to NORPA’s creative delivery. They are stories of this place with a resonance that reaches around the country and across the globe. A round up donation with your ticket purchase will directly support this bold and vital work. All gifts over $2 are tax deductable.