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Deborah Coles, INQUEST Co-Director in post show discussion - This Heaven: Culture, Custody and Protest. 7.30 Monday 14 September 2015 Finborough Theatre
9 September 2015
“We never asked for money.
We asked for justice.
Maybe we shouldn’t have asked.
Maybe we should have just taken it. ”
INQUEST is pleased to be participating in a post theatre discussion ‘Culture, Custody and Protest’ about the issues raised by This Heaven a play by indigenous Australian writer Nakkiah Lui .
Telling a universal story and evoking recent events in Ferguson, Baltimore, and the London riots of 2011, This Heaven is the story of an indigenous Australian family at breaking point.
Sissy Gordon’s father, an Aboriginal man and pillar of the community, has died in custody at Mount Druitt Police Station, New South Wales. But the justice that Sissy and her family were certain was coming to them is suddenly snatched away. Sissy is about to qualify as a lawyer, but tonight, the law seems irrelevant to her. Tonight is dirty and heavy, and the moon is swollen and bright. Everyone knows that on nights like this things happen…
Burning with a wild rage, the streets and parks of Mount Druitt are transformed into a fierce public forum where anger explodes onto the street. What does justice look like? And what happens when you push someone so far they take the law into their own hands?
This Heaven received its world premiere in February 2013 at the Belvoir Street Theatre, Sydney. It was an instant hit, with a sellout production that was extended twice.
This is an extraordinary opportunity to share the story of one Aboriginal family’s experience of a system that fails them through the stories and music of an ancient and beautiful culture.
Post Show Discussion - This Heaven: Culture, Custody and Protest.
7.30 Monday 14 September 2015
Audience members are invited to remain after the performance on Monday 14 September for a panel discussion, and Question and Answer session on the issues and themes of This Heaven.
Chaired by Director Laura McCluskey, and featuring:
The discussion is free for ticket holders to the performance that evening. For tickets see here:
‘You have clearly made yourselves a force to be reckoned with, a powerful instrument for good. In the process you have not only achieved real change in an aspect of our common life which would have commanded little attention or esteem were it not for your efforts, but you have at the same time offered enormous support to those bereaved people who long for a clear verdict on the death in custody of someone who means a great deal to them.’
– Dr Peter Selby, President of the National Council for Independent Monitoring Boards