Stolen hearts, Stolen Generations
Twenty years since Stolen debuted in Melbourne’s Playbox Theatre, the play still resonates with audiences as one of the key texts exploring the constructed and contested nature of Australia’s Stolen Generations. Its timelessness is owed to the interpretability of theatre, but also to the thoughtful construction in its superb writing. Stolen has continued to prove its relevancy in Australia’s negotiation with its Indigenous population, from its plural histories to its ongoing attempts at reconciliation. Stolen is a poignant exploration of the intersection between history and memory, and the role human experiences have to play in building a more inclusive, shared history on Australian soil.
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