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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 immersive theatrical event that will give rise to how the repatriation of Ancestors can bring us closer to homecoming and healing.

NOTE / This is an immersive work. Seating will be available for individuals with access requirements or reduced mobility.

PRODUCTION PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS

The Return is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria. A Malthouse Theatre and Melbourne International Arts Festival co-commission. PRESENTED WITH THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF / Simone Lourey, Lorraine & John Bates, Pinky Watson, Bardas Foundation, Canny Quine Foundation, DARA Foundation

Key Image: Zan Wimberley 

Partners

BY /

John Harvey

DIRECTION /

Jason Tamiru and Matthew Lutton

CAST /

To Be Announced

SET & COSTUME DESIGN /

Zoë Atkinson with Chloe Ogilvie

LIGHTING DESIGN /

Paul Jackson

SOUND DESIGN /

J. David Franzke

COMPOSITION /

Mark Coles Smith

DRAMATURGY /

Mark Pritchard

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.

Event notes

WARNINGS /

This is a new work. It may contain strong violence, blood and gore, coarse language, and very loud noise. Check back closer to the event for further details.

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