Allan McDonald - a “Fighting Gunditjmara” man from South-West Victoria - was one of the State’s first Indigenous soldiers to enlist for war. Allan fought at some of WWI’s most famous campaigns, including Gallipoli and Beersheba - only to be denied a soldier’s settlement on his ultimate return to Australia, and forced from his traditional land at the Lake Condah Mission. So what drives someone to fight for a country that doesn’t even recognise them as a citizen? How do you keep fighting in an unjust world and why?
The Mission explores the story of Allan McDonald, as investigated by his great great nephew and fellow Gunditjmara man, award winning actor Tom Molyneux (The Nose; The Ministry), alongside award winning director James Jackson (The Nose), and in collaboration with Gunditjmara Elders and community members. This verbatim theatre piece draws strength and stories from ancestors, past and present - with a story about not giving up on what you believe in, and fighting for justice, whatever the cost.
Warning: Contains mild coarse language, adult themes(violence, self harm or suicide), images or voices of deceased Indigenous persons
Reviews for Tom Molyneux's previous work:
“Delightful in his intense commitment.” Stage Whispers
“Tom Molyneux smashes through the fourth wall.” SameSame