Little Black Bastard
Ilbijerri Theatre Company
Presented by Arts House and ILBIJERRI
7.30pm, Thu 13 Feb
7.30pm, Fri 14 Feb
7.30pm, Sat 15 Feb with Post-Show Q&A
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
12 years and older
Abandoned by his parents at a young age, Noel Tovey struggled through a rough childhood on the streets of Melbourne. At 17 he ran away to London and reinvented himself as a dancer, actor, singer and choreographer on some of the world’s great stages. Little Black Bastard is his story: a gripping and tender monologue told in his own words.
Australia’s first Aboriginal ballet dancer, Uncle Noel describes his life and times with candour, warmth and humour – from post-War Melbourne to swinging sixties London and beyond, where his peers included film and theatre’s artistic elite. His journey from street kid to show-biz star is one of our country’s greatest success stories. Having conquered the ghosts of his early years, Tovey approaches Little Black Bastard with a sense of resolution, healing and completion.
After touring internationally for over a decade, Little Black Bastard returns to the suburb where it all began – North Melbourne, where Tovey spent some of his harshest childhood years. Performances of Little Black Bastard are becoming increasingly rare – don’t miss this chance to experience one of our artistic Elders recounting his astonishing story of triumph and transformation.
Sarah De Jong
Supported by – Australian Government through the Indigenous Culture Support program, the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body; the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria; and the City of Melbourne through Arts House.
Image by –Steven Rhall