FROM TROPHIES OF DELUSION TO REDEMPTION

Once considered ‘exotic’ trophies of antiquity, the bodily remains of Indigenous men, women, and children served scientific theories of evolution and were prized objects displayed on mantelpieces. In the cover of darkness, grave robbers would pillage burial grounds, to sell Ancestral remains to the highest bidder. Thousands were sold.

Today, they are still locked away. Some are on display in museums, while others are hidden deep within the bowels of museums and universities. Now is the time to bring our people back to country.

Through an epic story spanning 250 years, writer John Harvey (Heart is a Wasteland) draws us in with untold perspectives of macabre true histories and false justifications. In a directorial debut, Jason Tamiru joins forces with our Artistic Director Matthew Lutton for this theatrical event that will give rise to how the repatriation of Ancestors can bring us closer to homecoming and healing.

 

Advice for schools

Contains some coarse language.

VCE Theatre Studies Prompt Packs

Malthouse Theatre’s VCE playlisted shows are supported by our award-winning Prompt Packs:

PART A

The Return Prompt Pack (Part A)—VCE Theatre Studies (Singles)
The Return Prompt Pack (Part A)—VCE Theatre Studies (Spreads)

PART B

The Return Prompt Pack (Part B)—VCE Theatre Studies (Singles)
The Return Prompt Pack (Part B)—VCE Theatre Studies (Spreads)

Post-show Q&A

All Schools Performances are followed by a Q&A session with the cast.

Revisit the Play

Revisit the Play is an on-demand digital workshop aimed at preparing students for the VCE Theatre Studies written examination. It is a chance for an extensive revision of the production, with a close analysis of archival footage and facilitated discussions about the play. Bookings can be made here and the resource will be available from 12 September 2022.

Further resources for teachers

To support teaching First Nations culture and concepts in the classroom, we will facilitate a free workshop for VCE Theatre Studies teachers booked into this production. Details to be announced soon.

Dates & Tickets

EDUCATION MATINEES

1pm Thursday 26 May, 1pm Thursday 2 June

PRICES

Metro schools / $49 (per student)
Regional & low-ICSEA schools / $35 (per student)
Accompanying teachers / Free (max. 2 per group)
Additional teachers / $59

The Return is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria. A Malthouse Theatre and RISING co-commission.

PRESENTED WITH THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF / Simone Lourey, Lorraine & John Bates, Pinky Watson, Bardas Foundation, Canny Quine Foundation, DARA Foundation 

Image: Zan Wimberley 

BY /

John Harvey

DIRECTION /

Jason Tamiru & Matthew Lutton

DRAMATURG /

Mark Pritchard

CAST /

To Be Announced

SET DESIGN /

Zoë Atkinson

COSTUME DESIGN /

Zoe Rouse

LIGHTING DESIGN /

Paul Jackson

SOUND DESIGN /

Jethro Woodward

DESIGN CONSULTANT (SET) /

Chloe Ogilvie 

STAGE MANAGER /

Lyndie Li Wan Po

Event & ticketing details

Accessibility

Wheelchair Access

Location

Merlyn Theatre

The Malthouse, 113 Sturt St, Southbank 3006

Get directions

Train

Any train to Flinders Street, then a 12-minute stroll through Melbourne’s sparkling Arts Precinct.

Tram

The No. 1 South Melbourne tram goes right past our door. Get off at Stop 18. Any tram down St Kilda Road—jump off at Grant Street, Stop 17 and take a 3-minute walk.