The Cherry Pickers
T1137801556The Cherry Pickers
was written by the Aboriginal rights activist, poet and writer Kevin Gilbert in 1968. Told by a group of itinerant cherry pickers, this landmark piece chronicles survival, describing a world in which the Aboriginal people live on the fringes of society, facing discrimination, left to scratch out a living in the land that was once theirs. Challenging the received (and often white) wisdom about the indigenous people, this play starkly indicts welfare dependency, and asks how a rich and ancient culture can survive amid economic disadvantage. Gilbert insisted that the play be performed only by an all-Aboriginal cast; he didn't live to see the first full production of the text in 1994, now considered a modern classic.
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