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She Said Theatre



‘Beautiful, heartbreaking and liberating storytelling.’ Aussie Theatre

"I was always like, like a magnet with my dad, like everywhere he went I was right next to him... He never got rid of me..."

Throughout Australia’s history, an unknown number of Indigenous children have been forcibly removed from their families. Parents have been driven mad, grandparents heartbroken, siblings torn apart, language lost, culture stripped away.

Using testimonials from the Stolen Generations alongside his own story, award-winning performer and Noongar man Ian Michael invites you to listen in on the silenced stories of this country in HART.

In this powerfully moving piece of theatre, audio-visual montages of private and public history ­– including actual sound grabs from politicians – are combined with verbatim theatre that gives audiences an opportunity to listen to survivors of the Stolen Generation in their own words. Their recollections and insights are compelling and poignant and a startling reminder that the effects of this country’s treatment of our First Peoples continue to echo in the present.

The subject matter may be harrowing, but there is also humour and hope in the stories told. The result is an enlightening and uplifting theatre experience.


Performer & Co-Writer Ian Michael
Co-Writer Seanna van Helten
Director Penny Harpham
Sound Design & Composition Raya Slavin
Set & Costume Design Chloe Greaves
Lighting Design Katie Sfetkidis   
Video Design Michael Carmody
Stage & Production Manager Kate Brennan
Producer Anna Kennedy

Photo Gabi Briggs

Supported by Auspicious Arts Projects Inc.