Theatre Australia

BIGHOUSE DREAMING

A Declan Furber Gillick Yarn

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Chris ‘C-War’ Wallace is 15. He lives at Stanford Camp with his cousin-brother Lee-Boy and Aunty Magdelaine. He has the same name as his favourite rapper and despite some recent trouble with the law, he’s about to release his first album.

But Chris hasn’t been to school in three months. And since he ran away from rehab, his lawyer has been looking for him. Chris has a suspended sentence hanging over his head and the magistrate’s patience is wearing thin.

Between school, court, family dramas and stints in The Bighouse, will Chris ever make it as a rapper?

Bighouse Dreaming is a new work from Arrernte First Nations writer-performer Declan Furber Gillick. It follows Chris, a young Aboriginal defendant, through the youth justice system in a remote Australian community. Combining the rhythm and cultural force of hip hop with theatre, Bighouse Dreaming is a provocative and urgent performance that holds an unflinching lens to the justice system, youth prisons and Australian masculinity – black and white.

Credits
  • Writer Declan Furber Gillick

  • Director Mark Wilson
  • Producer Susannah Day
  • Performers
  • Chris / Leeboy / Jez Declan Furber Gillick
  • Godbold / Paul Ross Daniels
  • Anand / Guard / Psychologist Dushan Phillips
  • Lighting Designer Kris Chainey
  • Sound Designer Mark Coles-Smith

    Photo Philipa Clarke

Supported by Creative Victoria. Premiere season supported by Deadly Fringe.

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