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VIC: Bunjilaka: First Peoples - 3 December 2013

NSW: Frances Belle Parker: Always... - 4 December 2013

NSW: The Cake Man - 4 December 2013

QLD: Asia Pacific Screen Awards - Inaugural Screening Programme - 4 December 2013

QLD: Brisbane Screenwriters Group - 4 December 2013

SA: Spinifex Country Exhibition - 4 December 2013

VIC: Paddy Bedford; Masterpieces From The Estate - 4 December 2013

WA: A Common Ground Exhibition - 4 December 2013

WA: Rosella Namok - Naagchi Ngumu'luugku Exhibition - 4 December 2013

SA: Our Mob 2013 - 4 December 2013

NSW: Coranderrk - 7 December 2013

NSW: Our Home ' Ngalpun Mudth' - 11 December 2013

QLD: Asia Pacific Screen Awards - The Ceremony - 12 December 2013

QLD: Our Dreaming: animating country launch weekend - 13 December 2013

QLD: Our Dreaming: animating country launch ceremony - 14 December 2013

QLD: 2013 International Animation Festival - 15 December 2013

NSW: Indigenous community showing of Coranderrk - 17 December 2013

VIC: The Inaugural "Yanikan-Werritj" Christmas Gala Dinner - 20 December 2013


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4 December 2013 to 8 December 2013

NSW: The Cake Man


Back in the early 1970s a group of pioneering Indigenous theatremakers occupied a dilapidated terrace in Redfern and started the National Black Theatre. The first full-length play they staged was Robert J. Merritt’s The Cake Man. A droll examination of white paternalism from a black point of view, Merritt’s play kicked off a renaissance of art and performance that laid the foundations of contemporary Indigenous theatre.

The Cake Man is at once straightforward and complex. It is about the small details of life in a changing world. Jumping effortlessly from a pre-invasion idyll to the hard scrabble of modern life on a mission in western New South Wales, Merritt’s virtuosic play pings with closely observed portraits of people doing what they have to do to get by. Tucked away inside it is an account of the roots of despair and of the beautiful means of overcoming it.

Kyle J. Morrison is from the new generation of Black theatre. He is the Artistic Director of Perth’s Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company. We are teaming up with this great little powerhouse of new and old Indigenous stories to give this forgotten gem its overdue revival.

Robert J. Merritt watched his first opening night under police guard: he was an inmate of Long Bay at the time. The Cake Man is his real testimony.

Organisation: Belvoir

Contact : Marty Jamieson



Venue: Belvoir St Theatre

Address: 25 Belvoir St

City: Surry Hills

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