'Palm Island. An Aboriginal man is arrested, allegedly for insulting a police officer. Within 90 minutes, he lies dead on the watchhouse floor, his liver cleaved in two. The community protests, the police station is torched. A Senior Sergeant stands trial for manslaughter but is acquitted. Questions are raised about manipulation of evidence and a court suppression order. A protestor, jailed for inciting a riot, is out on parole on condition that he speaks to no-one.
"Beautiful One Day" is a theatrical documentary made by a group of Australians (black and white) seeking to interpret these events against the full sweep of the island's history. It seeks to grasp the ordinariness of brutality, charting the course of repression, resistance and racism but also the astonishing resilience of the people who call Palm Island home.' Source: www.belvoir.com.au/ (Sighted 12/10/2011).
A co-production with Ilbijerri Theatre Company and version 1.0. at the Upstairs Theatre, Belvoir Street Theatre, 25 Belvoir Street, Surry Hills, New South Wales, 17 November - 23 December, 2011. Also produced in Melbourne, London, and in 2015 in Brisbane, and Palm Island.
DEVISOR/PERFORMERS: Magdalena Blackley, Kylie Doomadgee, Paul Dwyer, Eamon Flack, Rachel Maza, Jane Phegan, Harry Reuben and David Williams.
SET & COSTUME DESIGNER: Ruby Langton-Batty
LIGHTING DESIGNER: Frank Mainoo
COMPOSER & SOUND DESIGNER: Paul Prestipino
STAGE MANAGER: Edwina Guinness
See also AusStage entry: https://www.ausstage.edu.au/pages/event/105474
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