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Jack Charles v The Crown

Jack Charles v The Crown

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  • Thu 15 Mar ’18, 7:30pm – 8:45pm
  • Fri 16 Mar ’18, 7:30pm – 8:45pm
  • Sat 17 Mar ’18, 1:30pm – 2:45pm
  • Sat 17 Mar ’18, 7:30pm – 8:45pm
  • Sun 18 Mar ’18, 5:30pm – 6:15pm


Q Theatre, 305 Queen Street, Auckland CBD


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • A Res Conc: $49.00
  • A Res: $55.00
  • B Res: $45.00
  • B Res Conc: $39.00
  • C Res: $25.00

Uncle Jack Charles is an Australian legend: a veteran actor, musician, Aboriginal elder and activist, who performs this powerful one-man show about his colourful life on stage and screen and – most poignantly – behind bars.

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 is 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 an acclaimed premiere season at London’s Barbican Theatre, Charles’ generous spirit and warm presence is set to win the hearts of Auckland audiences.

“An inspiring journey of resilience and reconnection.” — The Age

“Exceptionally engaging… it’s the story of Australia. Just not the one we’re used to hearing.” — Crikey

“Steeped in decades of our history… surprisingly upbeat… a warm-hearted, very entertaining evening.” — Sydney Morning Herald

Recommended for age 15+
Contains strong language, adult themes and images of drug use.

(Service fee applies.)

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