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tells of five young Aboriginal children forcibly removed from their parents, brought up in a repressive children’s home and trained for domestic service and other menial jobs. Segregated from society from their earliest years, not all of them successfully manage their lives when released into the outside world.
The pain, poignancy and sheer desperation of their lives is seen through the children’s own eyes as they struggle to make sense of a world where they have been told to forget their families, their homes and their language. This tender and moving story, awash with childlike humour, brings the tragic history of the Stolen Generations to the Australian stage.
Features an introduction by Wesley
Enoch on directing the first production of
Cast : 2M, 3F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-797-5 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Jane Harrison, a Muruwari descendant, was commissioned by Ilbijerri Theatre Co-operative to write
Stolen, about the Stolen Generations.
Stolen premiered in 1998, followed by seven annual seasons in Melbourne, plus tours to Sydney, Adelaide, regional Victoria, Tasmania, the UK (twice), Hong Kong and Tokyo, and readings in Canada and New York. Jane was the co-winner (with Dallas Winmar for
Aliwa!) of the Kate Challis RAKA Award for
Stolen is studied on the VCE English and NSW HSC syllabi.
On a Park Bench was workshopped at Playbox and the Banff Playrites Colony, and was a finalist in the Lake Macquarie Drama Prize.
Rainbow’s End premiered in 2005 at the Melbourne Museum and toured to Mooroopna, and will tour to Japan in 2007. Jane was the 2006 Theatrelab Indigenous Award winner for her most recent play,
Blakvelvet. She contributed one chapter to
Many Voices, Reflections on experiences of Indigenous child separation, published by the National Library, Canberra. Her most important creation has been her two daughters.
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