Wednesday 4th May, 8:00 – 9:00pm
Thursday 5th May, 8:00 – 9:00pm
THE MISSION follows the journey of “Fighting Gunditjmara” man, Allan McDonald – one of the first Aboriginal soldiers from Victoria to enlist for war. He fought at Gallipoli and Beersheba, only to be denied a soldier’s settlement on his ultimate return to Australia and forced from his land at the Lake Condah
This captivating and rollicking story, told by his great, great nephew, Gunditjmara man Tom Molyneux, tells the truth of Uncle Allan’s struggle; fighting for Country, for love, and for justice.
The Space Company is an award-winning creative team making original theatre shows for touring across Australia and beyond. We create shows that make people think – offering a mirror to a changing world, as a challenger of the status quo. Our shows are grounded in place and community. We explore the boundaries between fact and fiction, reality and digital, past, present, and future – and respectfully acknowledge that we live, work and create on Wadawurrung Country in Geelong.
Warnings: includes adult themes, occasional coarse language, smoke, and scenes depicting war and violence. ‘The Mission’ contains depictions of, and reference to, Aboriginal people who have passed away. It also describes confronting content in relation to the massacre, dispossession, and mistreatment of First Nations Peoples.
The Mission is written and performed by Tom Molyneux.
Producer: Joel Carnegie
Director: Daniel Lammin
Composer: Nadie Noordhuis
Dramaturg: James Jackson
Lighting + Spatial Designer: Bronwyn Pringle
Sound Designer: Justin Gardam
Text acknowledgment: STARDUST + THE MISSION is supported by the Australian Government through
the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and by the RISE Fund; by the Victorian
Government through Creative Victoria; by Creative Partnerships Australia through ACF Boost; the Robert
Salzer Foundation; City of Stonnington and Chapel off Chapel; and the Geelong Arts Centre. ‘Stardust +
The Mission’ has been created and produced by The Space Company with the 2022 national tour
coordinated by Regional Arts Victoria.