Beautiful One Day

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Beautiful One Day

Beautiful One Day is a theatrical documentary about the irrepressible life and times of Palm Island. Three theatre companies (Belvoir, Ilbijerri, and version 1.0) came together in 2011 over a shared sense of outrage at the injustices surrounding a death in custody in 2004. But, prompted by the Palm Island community, Beautiful One Day looks for a way to turn outrage into real understanding and new possibilities. At its heart is a determined struggle to understand the persistent heavy-handedness of white Australia.

In 1918 the Queensland Government established a settlement at Palm Island where, for the next 50 years, thousands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders from across the state were forcibly resettled. In 2004, following the “accidental” death of Mulrunji Doomadgee in a police cell, and frustrated by the state response, members of the community on Palm Island made a direct challenge to police power by surrounding the station and burning it down. Eight years later, the people of Palm Island continue to demand real justice, and all the while life continues.

An antidote to the relentlessly negative media coverage, Beautiful One Day interweaves the stories of Palm Island, the diktats of white Australia, and the voices of the community. Made through conversation, through argument, through long walks and frequent eruptions of joyfulness, this is a show about what an honest talk might really look like.

Event Snapshot


  • Between Saturday 17 November and Sunday 23 December from 00.00 to 00.00

6.30pm Tuesday
8pm Wednesday – Friday
2pm & 8pm Saturday
5pm Sunday


Belvoir Street Theatre, 25 Belvoir Street Surry Hills 2010 Venue details


Adult: $62
Senior: $52 (excluding Fri/Sat evenings
Concession $42
Previews $42
Student Rush $29

More Info:

Tina Walsberger
8396 6210

How to get to this event:

The theatre is located at 25 Belvoir St in Surry Hills, just a five-minute walk from Central Station. To reach us by foot from the station walk up Devonshire Street and turn right into Clisdell Street. Belvoir Street is situated at the top of Clisdell Street. If you are coming by bus there are stops at the bottom of Belvoir Street from both Chalmers and Elizabeth Streets.

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Belvoir Street Theatre, 25 Belvoir Street Surry Hills 2010


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