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whatchaupto? isaac drandic

Isaac Dranic top left with cast of Coranderrk: We Will Show The Country Isaac Dranic top left with cast of Coranderrk: We Will Show The Country
photo by Richard Kendall for the Melbourne Times Weekly
Kiya/Dobar dan (Hello)

With a one-year-old girl who’s just learnt to walk, directing a show at the Sydney Opera House, my footy team making the finals, life is busy and going along nicely. This year I’ve worked as an actor, writer and director.

I kicked off the year directing Coranderrk: We Will Show The Country, an inspiring true story of courage and determination (Melbourne Indigenous Arts Festival/Sydney Opera House). I also toured a show I co-created called Bindjareb Pinjarra, a comedy about a massacre! What? Built through improvisation and with proper consultation and respect for protocol, this show is the most flexible and dynamic theatrical experiment I’ve ever been involved with (

I’m currently working on a professional development initiative with Ilbijerri. The idea is to form an all blak ensemble to create stories using a collaborative and eclectic approach. Next year I am involved in the Malthouse production of The Shadow King and Belvoir’s Peter Pan as assistant director.

[Kiya is Nungar and Dobar dan is Croation; both mean hello. Eds.]

Isaac Drandic is a father, husband, actor, writer, director and is currently the associate director of Australia’s longest running Indigenous theatre company, Ilbijerri. His mother is Noongar from south-west WA and his father is from Croatia.

RealTime issue #111 Oct-Nov 2012 pg. 23

© Isaac Drandic; for permission to reproduce apply to [email protected]

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