“I was always like, like a magnet with my Dad, like everywhere he went I was right next to him… He never got rid of me…”

Throughout Australia’s history, an unknown number of Indigenous children have been forcibly removed from their families. Parents driven mad, grandparents heartbroken, siblings torn apart, language lost, and culture stripped away.

Using testimonials from the Stolen Generations, Noongar man Ian Michael invites you to listen in on the silenced stories of this country.

– Best Emerging Artist (Adelaide Fringe 2016)
– Best Emerging Indigenous Artist (Melbourne Fringe 2015)
– SA Tour Ready Award (Melbourne Fringe 2015)
– Tiki Tour Ready Award (Melbourne Fringe 2015)

– 2015 Green Room Award for Best Production – Independent Theatre

“A brave and quietly devastating performance… Moving theatre that handles some emotionally harrowing material with dignity and grace.”
— Cameron Woodhead, The Age

“One of the most important pieces of Australian theatre…in a long time.”
— Jen St Jack, Great Scott! ★★★★

“Beautiful, heartbreaking and liberating storytelling… A story about us and now.”
— Anne-Marie Peard, AussieTheatre.com

“Moving, enlightening and entertaining work that is an important addition to our understanding of… terrible events.”
— David Zampatti, The West Australian ★★★★½

“These are small-scale individual histories situated within a large political maelstrom… Startling images and a starting place for discussion.”
— Janet McAllister, NZ Herald

“Watching Michael perform… I remember the community as the audience are also witnesses; like the performer they too are playing an active part in the ongoing… narrative of centring Indigenous voices and history.”
— Dione Joseph, theatreview.org.nz

2017 Performance Dates

Proudly supported by Regional Arts Victoria

March 15/ Monash University, Clayton
March 17/ Ararat Community Spaces, Ararat
May 22-23DreamBIG Festival, Adelaide
May 27-June 3HotHouse Theatre, Wodonga
June 14/ Stratford Courthouse, Stratford
June 16/ The Engine Room, Bendigo
June 17/ Phee Broadway Theatre, Castlemaine

Concept & Performed by
Ian Michael
Directed by
Penny Harpham
Text/ Ian Michael & Seanna van Helten
Set & Costume Design/ Chloe Greaves
Composition & Sound Design/ Raya Slavin
Lighting Design/ Katie Sfetkidis
AV Design/ Michael Carmody
Producer/ Anna Kennedy
Stage & Production Management/ Kate Brennan
Promotional photography/ Gabi Briggs

First performed at Melbourne Fringe Festival 2015.


Production Photography/ Julie Zhu