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Lear is the head of a remote community wrangling over mining rights, inheritance and wealth.

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22 Jun - 2 Jul, Wed - Sun, 7.45pm; Sat & Sun mats at 2.30pm & 3.30pm.

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About Malthouse Theatre: The Shadow King

His story descends into madness and brutality against the red earth of the Australian outback, dominated by the imposing presence and blinding lights of a mining truck. Transporting King Lear to the story-rich and resource-laden terrain of northern Australia, The Shadow King reimagines Shakespeare’s tragedy as a blood-soaked tale of two indigenous families divided by land, identity and legitimacy. Told through modern English, Kriol languages and with a score performed live by an onstage band, the production fuses new text, video and Aboriginal 'dreamtime' songs to create provocative theatre.