Malthouse Theatre and Melbourne Festival present
THE SHADOW KING
Epic and provocative, The Shadow King reworks Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy King Lear as a sprawling, blood-soaked tale of two Indigenous families in Australia’s north. Probing our
understanding of kinship and country, it weaves a parable that echoes our nation’s history.
Told through modern English, Kriol languages and a live rock score, this ambitious new production brings together some of Australia’s foremost Indigenous performers, including Tom E. Lewis (The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith) and Jimi Bani (Mabo), along with the music of Bart Willoughby (Yothu Yindi).
Working across cultures and generations, The Shadow King is an unmissable theatrical event of a scale and significance to match the land on which it’s made.
Directed by Michael Kantor
Music Consultant Iain Grandage
Music Director John Rodgers
Sound Design Kelly Ryall
Lighting Design Paul Jackson
Set Design Paul Jackson, Michael Kantor & David Miller
Props & Costume Design Ruby Langton-Batty
Dramaturg Marion Potts
Film Natasha Gadd, Rhys Graham & Murray Lui
Cast Jada Alberts, Jimi Bani, Frances Djulibing, Rarriwuy Hick, Damion Hunter, Kamahi Djordon King, Tom E Lewis, Natasha Wanganeen
Band Selwyn Burns, Jida Gulpilil, Bart Willoughby
Video by Daybreak Films
Presented in association with Sydney Festival, Perth International Arts Festival, Adelaide Festival & Brisbane Festival
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