Bighouse Dreaming

Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio
5—9 May $35

Bighouse Dreaming

A Declan Furber Gillick Yarn

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 and 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

A truly exceptional piece of theatre, the best I have seen in recent memory.
Audience Member

Dates & Times

  • Wed 05 May 6.30pm
  • Thu 06 May 6.30pm
  • Fri 07 May 7.30pm
  • Sat 08 May 4pm
  • Sat 08 May 7.30pm
  • Sun 09 May 1pm
  • Sun 09 May 5pm

Runtime: 63 minutes


  • Adult $35
  • Concession $30

Transaction fees may apply

Key Artists

Declan Furber Gillick (Arrernte)


  • Writer: Declan Furber Gillick
  • Director: Mark Wilson
  • Chris/Leeboy/Jez: Declan Furber Gillick
  • Godbold/Paul: Ross Daniels
  • Anand/Guard/Psychologist: Dushan Philips
  • Set and Costume Design: Bethany J Fellows
  • Lighting Design: Kris Chainey
  • Sound Design: Mark Coles Smith
  • Producer: Susannah Day
  • Additional sound design: Tom Hogan


Wheelchair Accessible Hearing Loop Auslan Interpreted

Fri 07 May


Contains frequent coarse language and adult themes.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and People of Colour are cautioned: this performance contains strong themes relating to state violence against Indigenous people.


Suitable for ages 15+

Additional Info

Presented by Arts Centre Melbourne in association with YIRRAMBOI Festival.

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.

Photo by Philipa Clarke.