A NEXT STAGE Publication


by Declan Furber Gillick

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Jacky is a gritty new play about brotherhood, culture and capital from Declan Furber Gillick.


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‘Do you have anything at all that’s actually yours? That’s actually real?’

Jacky is a smart, enterprising young blackfella in the big city. He skilfully negotiates the gig economy, skipping neatly from office internships to cultural performances to sex work. When his unemployable little brother Keith rolls into town, Jacky’s carefully compartmentalised lives are set to collide.

This MTC NEXT STAGE commission from Aboriginal playwright Declan Furber Gillick is about brotherhood, culture and capital – and the gamble of balancing it all in contemporary Australia.

Declan Furber Gillick is a multidisciplinary artist from Mparntwe (Alice Springs) and a proud Arrernte man with Irish-Australian heritage. His practice spans writing, theatre, poetry, music, rap, film, television and visual arts. Declan will be making his Melbourne Theare Company debut with Jacky. Other credit include Scar Trees (Ilbijerri Theatre Company) and Bighouse Dreaming (Melbourne Fringe Festival, Brisbane Festival, Darwin Festival). He is currently working as part of a First Nations writing team to adapt Melissa Lucashenko’s novel Too Much Lip for television. Bighouse Dreaming was awarded the Green Room Award for Best Independent Writing and Best Ensemble, Melbourne Fringe Awards for Best Performance Work and Best Writing, Melbourne Festival Discovery Award and Best Emerging Indigenous Artist. In 2018 he took up a residency as part of Melbourne Theatre Company’s Next Stage Writers’ Program. He has also worked with Melbourne Theatre Company’s First Peoples Young Artist Program. Declan completed a Masters of Writing for Performance at The Victorian College of The Arts in 2017.