Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street


Jack Charles V. The Crown

Jan 21 - January 23, 2016



When: Info here

Where: Venue Name, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.

Additional Info: Co-presented by SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs

They call them the Stolen Generation—Aboriginal children who were torn from their families by the Australian government during the 20th century. Here is one of them, Jack Charles, and he is here to testify. Born in 1943, raised as a ward of the state, subject to abuse and separated from his cultural roots, he grew up hard and fast. Since then he’s had quite the life: criminal, drug addict, convict—and actor. Now he stands before us at his best, to tell us his tale and to present a case.

This is a show intended to rouse the heart, but that’s not all it does. Charles is actually a mellow, friendly presence, and the performance is funny and entertaining. Sparked by a documentary account of his life called Bastardy, Jack Charles V. the Crown opens with a clip from that movie, followed by a projection of Charles’s rap sheets. What follows is a dark trip down memory lane as Charles, accompanied by a three-piece band, takes us through years of abuse and self-destruction, ending with a speech to an offstage court. The speech is both plea and accusation, and it’s a jolt to the audience. Jack Charles is nothing but a man—unique, flawed and deserving of a dignity his government did not allow him. Now is his chance, and it’s your chance to bear witness to one hell of a story.

The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is Vancouver’s signature mid-winter cultural event, taking place over three weeks each January in theatres and venues across the city. The PuSh Festival presents groundbreaking, contemporary works of theatre, dance, music and multimedia by acclaimed local, national and international artists. It draws 30,000 attendees annually.

The 2016 PuSh Festival takes place January 19 to February 7 at venues throughout Vancouver. The 2016 PuSh Festival hosts more than 150 performances and events over 20 days, and features artists from Canada, Australia, England, France, Lebanon and the United States.


$31 Early bird / $36 Regular

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When: January 21 - 23, 2016
75 mins, no intermission

Where: Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.

Additional Info: Co-presented by SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs and PuSh

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