Hart: theatre piece delves into harrowing Stolen Generation history from Noongar perspective

<i>Hart</i> is performed by Ian Michael.
Hart is performed by Ian Michael.

Hart is a one man verbatim theatre piece that examines the difficult and harrowing history of the Stolen Generation from the perspectives of four Noongar men spanning three generations, including performer Ian Michael who won the Melbourne Fringe Best Emerging Indigenous Artist award.

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

Using testimonials from the stolen generation, Michael invites his audience to listen in on the silenced stories of his country.

He said that as a young indigenous person and performer, it was vital to be able to tell the stories and the truth from his people, especially stories of survival and resilience.

Hart has been described as a brave and quietly devastating performance – moving theatre that handles some emotionally harrowing material with dignity and grace.

WHAT: Hart
WHERE: Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
WHEN: Thursday (11am), Friday (11am, 7.30pm), Saturday (7.30pm), May 10, 11, 12

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