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A Malthouse Theatre and RISING co-commission

The Return

John Harvey

WheelchairAssistive ListeningAuslan Translation
All remaining tickets available via The Malthouse

13 MAY—4 JUNE

TUE—WED: 6.30PM
THU—FRI: 7PM
SAT: 2PM AND 7PM
SUN: 6.30PM

TICKETS

$50—90 + transaction fee
  • approx 90 minutes, no interval
An epic, 250-year fight to return home the captive bodily remains of First Peoples.

Locked away in museums, on display at universities and hoarded in private collections are the bodily remains of First Peoples men, women and children. Pillaged by grave robbers and sold on by unscrupulous dealers, these people taken from their place of rest have been sold and traded for study and display in their thousands across the globe.

The Return is inspired by director Jason Tamiru’s (Yorta Yorta) experiences as a repatriation worker, and the discredited and harmful scientific theory of eugenics, which Australia was once a hotspot for. Writer John Harvey (Torres Strait Islands) weaves three intersecting narratives—a repatriation officer, a museum curator and a bone collector—in a story spanning 250 years.

Malthouse Theatre’s new production brings to light the macabre fascinations and false justifications used to keep First Peoples’ remains captive from reaching their rightful resting places. With many still locked away, now is the time to bring them back to Country for peace and healing.

Session Details

13 MAY—4 JUNE

TUE—WED: 6.30PM
THU—FRI: 7PM
SAT: 2PM AND 7PM
SUN: 6.30PM

MALTHOUSE THEATRE
$50—90 + transaction fee
  • Venue | Merlyn Theatre, The Malthouse
  • Duration | approximately 90 minutes, no interval
  • Please note | This production contains violent imagery, strobe lighting, haze effects, controlled smoke onstage from burning eucalyptus leaves, gunshot sounds, occasional coarse language, and replica human remains. For more detailed information, see the Malthouse's full list of content warnings
  • Tickets also on sale via The Malthouse

Accessibility Services

Please contact the Malthouse Theatre box office for more information on accessible performances.

  • Phone: 03 9685 5111
  • Email: boxoffice@malthousetheatre.com.au

Sessions offering the following services:

  • AUSLAN | Wed 25 May, 6.30PM
  • Audio Described | Thu 2 June, 1PM

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