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    Merlyn Theatre

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    25 Aug – 20 Sep

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    This is a new work. It may contain strong violence, blood and gore, coarse language, and very loud noise. Check back closer to the event for further details.

Season 2020

The Return

25 AUG – 20 SEP 2020

Book a Season Pass for a wealth of benefits and the best discounts.

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  • EVENT TYPE /

    Theatre 

  • WHERE /

    Merlyn Theatre

  • PLAYING /

    25 Aug – 20 Sep

  • WARNINGS /

    This is a new work. It may contain strong violence, blood and gore, coarse language, and very loud noise. Check back closer to the event for further details.

FROM TROPHIES OF DELUSION TO REDEMPTION

Once considered ‘exotic’ trophies of antiquity, the bodily remains of Indigenous men, women and children served scientific theories of evolution and were prized objects displayed on mantelpieces. In the cover of darkness, grave robbers would pillage burial grounds, to sell Ancestral remains to the highest bidder. Thousands were sold.

Today, they are still locked away. Some are on display in museums, while others are hidden deep within the bowels of museums, universities and would rather forget. But now it is time to bring our people back to country.

Through an epic story spanning 250 years, writer John Harvey (Heart is a Wasteland) draws us in with untold perspectives of macabre true histories and false justifications. In a directorial debut, Jason Tamiru joins forces with our Artistic Director Matthew Lutton for this immersive theatrical event that will give rise to how the repatriation of Ancestors can bring us closer to homecoming and healing.

BY / John Harvey
DIRECTION BY / Jason Tamiru & Matthew Lutton
CAST / To Be Announced
SET & COSTUME DESIGN / Zoë Atkinson with Chloe Ogilvie

SPECIAL PERFORMANCES

PREVIEWS 
6.30pm, Tuesday 25 August 
6.30pm, Wednesday 26 August 
7.30pm, Thursday 27 August 

OPENING NIGHT 
7.30pm, Friday 28 August 

PRODUCTION PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS

The Return is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria. A Malthouse Theatre and Melbourne International Arts Festival co-commission.
PRESENTED WITH THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF / Simone Lourey, Lorraine & John Bates, Bardas Foundation, DARA Foundation
Key Image: Zan Wimberley