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Performance dates & times

Wednesday 5 May
6:30 PM
Thursday 6 May
6:30 PM
Friday 7 May
7:30 PM*
Saturday 8 May
4:00 PM**, 7:30 PM
Sunday 9 May
1:00 PMNEW, 5:00 PM

*This is an Auslan interpreted performance (see Notes for more details) with a Q&A session following its conclusion

**Community performance

Running Time 1 hour 3 minutes (no interval)

Price range

Under 30

*Pensioner, Child, Unemployed, Full-time Student, Health Care Card Holder, VIC Carer Card Holder, MEAA member

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Please ensure you are seated by the scheduled start time as latecomers cannot be admitted to this performance.

Between school, court, family dramas and stints in The Bighouse, will Chris ever make it as a rapper?

In a troubled regional town, young Aboriginal defendant Chris’ rap aspirations compete for time with his court appearances and meetings with lawyers, psychologists and social workers.

Combining the rhythm and cultural force of hip hop with theatre, Bighouse Dreaming is a provocative and urgent performance that holds an unflinching lens to the justice system, youth prisons and Australian masculinity – black and white.

Bighouse Dreaming is a multi-award winning work from Arrernte writer-performer Declan Furber Gillick.


2018 Green Room Awards: Best Ensemble
2018 Green Room Awards: Best Writing
2018 Melbourne Fringe Awards: Best Performance
2018 Melbourne Fringe Awards: Melbourne Festival Discovery Award
2018 Melbourne Fringe Awards: Best Emerging Indigenous Artist Award


Your safety and wellbeing

Face masks are strongly recommended where 1.5m physical distancing is not possible. Our indoor venues are operating at up to 100% capacity so you may be seated next to other patrons. Read more about our COVIDSafe measures



Chris / Leeboy / Jez
Declan Furber Gillick
Godbold / Paul
Ross Daniels
Anand / Guard / Psychologist
Dushan Philips


Declan Furber Gillick
Mark Wilson
Set and Costume Design
Bethany J Fellows
Lighting Design
Kris Chainey
Sound Design
Mark Coles Smith
Susannah Day

This project has been generously supported by Linda Herd and Recovery Fund donors.

Bighouse Dreaming was developed with the support of Deadly Fringe, a collaborative initiative between ILBIJERRI and Melbourne Fringe.

Supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants.

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With thanks to our generous supporters the Arts Centre Melbourne Recovery Fund is helping kick-start a creative revival after COVID-19.

If you’d like to be part of the cultural recovery, donate here

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