Theatre review: Jack Charles v The Crown at Barbican, The Pit

Jack Charles

Credit: Bindi Cole

The name Jack Charles may not be familiar to a British audience, but his kind of story is.

On the play’s second night Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott pledges to spend a week in an Outback Aboriginal settlement to show once again his commitment to improving the bleak plight of indigenous people. So far good timing for Australia’s longest-running Aboriginal theatre company.

For the story of Jack Charles v The Crown reflects the stories of so many Aboriginal peoples.

But then Jack Charles has been banging this same drum for more than 40 years. Now 71, the aboriginal actor has brought his story to a new audience on the other side of the world, an audience whose familiarity with his mugshots can’t be taken for granted.

via Theatre review: Jack Charles v The Crown at Barbican, The Pit.

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