T H E F R E E D O M R I D E
This powerful interactive play is set in the revolutionary '60s. It investigates a pivotal event in Australia’s history: the Australian Freedom Ride. This student action stirred up key questions about racism and indigenous rights, and is regarded as a turning point in race relations in Australia.
at ST LUKE’s HALL, 11 Stanmore Road, ENMORE
May 16 – 18, 23 – 25 (Fri & Sat at 7.30pm, Sun at 6pm)
Theatre is a wonderful tool for raising awareness and to call for action, solidarity and unity. As John Pilger showed in his recent film Utopia, indigenous Australians in general are still severely disadvantaged. The historical Freedom Ride is a story of shared activism by indigenous and non-indigenous campaigners against racism. Our team of nine actors, augmented by seven volunteers from the audience, will take you on this famous trip, as others did nearly fifty years ago, to stop apartheid in Australia. The play is a participatory immersion into the spirit of that time. We re-enact historic moments, bringing to life pivotal events and the people who were there: the great Aboriginal leader Charles Perkins, Pat Walford from Walgett, student activists Ann Curthoys, Jim Spigelman, Darce Cassidy, Wendy Golding, Pat Healy and many other cool freedom riders and colourful Walgett townsfolk.
We look at the tools of the global peace movement: non-violent direct action, as initiated by Mahatma Ghandi and Martin Luther King. And we are left with some nagging questions: What was achieved? Does the reality lived by Aboriginal people today correspond with their rights won then, and since then? Are these achievements just on paper? We hope our play will inspire. You can take up the fight for justice now, just like the freedom riders did then.
THE FREEDOM RIDE is on May 16 - 18 & 23 - 25. Show starts at 7.30 pm, Sundays at 6pm. Tickets: $20 Full, $15 Concession, $12 for folks who take on a small volunteer part. Seating is limited, so we strongly recommend you book. There is no booking fee.
Bookings and inquiries: phone 9665 6489 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want to volunteer, please BOOK YOUR PART by phone or email and turn up 30 minutes before starting time to be briefed. There are only seven volunteer parts available so get in quick to avoid disappointment. No acting experience required. Be in the adventure!
Our cast: Finn Davis, Angela Fieldhouse, Ruby Foxlewin, Jepke Goudsmit, Graham Jones, Saha Jones, Ashlee Kearney, Floyd Robinson & Godwin Yidana.
United Nations Conventions support the rights of Indigenous Peoples:
- UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, 2007: Sets out the individual and group rights of indigenous peoples, to their culture, identity, language, employment, health and education.
- UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, 1989, Article 30: Children have the right to learn and use the language and customs of their families, whether these are shared by the majority of people in the country or not.