22 May — 24 Jun 2023

Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio

A gritty new play about brotherhood, culture and capital – and the gamble of balancing it all in contemporary Australia.

Approx. 1 hour 40 minutes with no interval

$29 Blaktix* for First Nations community
Available for all performances, or be one of the first to see the show at Community Night on Thu 25 May.

This is rated 5 out of 5 stars

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‘Equal parts funny, enlightening and disturbing.’

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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 Jacky’s unemployable little brother Keith rolls into town, Jacky’s carefully compartmentalised lives are thrown onto a collision course.

This world premiere from Aboriginal playwright Declan Furber Gillick and director Mark Wilson – whose previous collaboration is the multi-award winning Bighouse Dreaming – stars Guy Simon (Jasper Jones) in the title role alongside Ngali Shaw (The Twelve), Greg Stone (A Doll’s House, Part 2) and Alison Whyte (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child).

Jacky is a sharp, quick-witted play about family, community, work and culture that examines the personal costs of navigating it all in contemporary Australia.

$29 Blaktix* are available for people who identify as being of First Nations descent.

First Nations community are invited to purchase tickets to the Community Night on Thursday 25 May at 7.30pm, and join the cast and creative team in the foyer after the performance for refreshments.
* Subject to availability, booking fees may apply. More info.

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Jacky was commissioned through MTC’s NEXT STAGE Writers' Program with the support of our Playwrights Giving Circle Donors, Foundations and Organisations.

Louise Myer and Martyn Myer AO, Maureen Wheeler AO and Tony Wheeler AO, Christine Brown Bequest, AC KC and Maria Myers AC, Tony Burgess and Janine Burgess, Dr Andrew McAliece and Dr Richard Simmie, Larry Kamener and Petra Kamener.

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Production supported by Craig Semple and the Trawalla Foundation.

In association with



  • Wheelchair Accessible

  • Hearing Assistance

  • Audio Described

  • Tactile Tour

  • Open Captioning

  • Auslan Interpreted

Performance Type Performance Date(s)
Audio Described
by Vision Australia
Saturday 10 June at 2pm
Tuesday 13 June at 6.30pm
Tactile Tour
by Vision Australia
Saturday 10 June, 2pm (Tactile tour commences at 1pm)
Open Captioning
via screen
Saturday 17 June at 2pm
Auslan Interpreted
by Auslan Stage Left
Tuesday 20 June at 6.30pm
Artwork for Ngali Shaw

Ngali Shaw


Ngali Shaw is from the Wiradjuri, Murawari, Kunja tribes. He is making his Melbourne Theatre Company debut with Jacky. Ngali made his television debut in Royal Flying Doctor Service directed by Jeremy Sims. He also appeared in the short film Ben 10: Age of the Universe. Most recently, Ngali appeared in Foxtel’s TV drama series The Twelve, opposite Sam Neill and Marta Dusseldorp. As a professionally trained dancer, Ngali has learned tap, ballet, hip-hop, classical, modern contemporary and Capoeira. He was selected for the NSW Public Schools Aboriginal Dance Company and invited to participate in a one-week training camp with Bangarra Dance Company. Under dance teacher and Ngemba and Yuwalayaay Custodian Doug Gordon, Ngali has trained in Aboriginal and Indigenous dance since 2017. As a musician, he has self-produced two albums and performs as a DJ. Ngali is a professional Yidariki and Didgeridoo player. Ngali is very proud of his culture and identity and wishes to inspire the next generation to dance and keep our stories alive.

Current as of May 2023.

Artwork for Guy Simon

Guy Simon


Guy Simon’s Melbourne Theatre Company credits include Jasper Jones, for which he was awarded the Helpmann Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play. Other theatre credits include Myth Project (Melbourne Theatre Company Neon Festival); The Tempest, Playing Beatie Bow, Grand Horizons, The Harp in the South, The Battle of Waterloo (Sydney Theatre Company); My Brilliant Career, Jasper Jones (Belvoir); Whitefella Yella Tree, First Love is the Revolution (Griffin); The Return, Cloudstreet, Blaque Showgirls (Malthouse Theatre); Strangers In Between (Cameron Lukey Presents); Black Diggers (Queensland Theatre Company); This Fella, My Memory (Moogahlin Performing Arts Inc.); I AM MAN (Browns Mart Theatre); Junction (Bakehouse Theatre) and Lucky (IPAN Productions). Guy’s film credits include Around the Block, directed by Sarah Spillane, and Undertow, directed by Miranda Nation. Guy’s TV credits include The Secrets She Keeps (Lingo Pictures/Network 10), Wakefield (ABC/BBC/Jungle Entertainment); The Wrong Girl (Playmaker Media/Network 10); A Chance Affair (Noble Savage Pictures), Redfern Now (ABC/Blackfella Films) and Occupation: Native (Brindle Films).

Current as of May 2023.

Greg Stone

Greg Stone


Greg Stone is well known to theatre audiences around Australia. He has performed in over 80 productions for all the major theatre companies since graduating from NIDA. He has performed in over 20 Melbourne Theatre Company productions including A Doll’s House Part 2, The Weir, Glengarry Glen Ross, Clybourne Park, Poor Boy, Blackbird, A Little Night Music and Angels In America. Recent theatre credits include Girl From the North Country (Australia/NZ tour); Cloudstreet, Australian Realness, Pompeii LA, Eldorado (Malthouse). Other theatre credits include Oklahoma!, Funny Girl (The Production Company); Hir, Hamlet, Babyteeth, Stuff Happens (Belvoir); Ladies in Black (Queensland Theatre/Melbourne Theatre Company); Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf, Life x 3 (Black Swan Theatre Company); and Once (GFO Attractions). His numerous TV credits include Utopia (Series 5), Jack Irish (Series 3), Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries, Glitch, The Doctor Blake Mysteries, Underbelly, Winners and Losers, Neighbours, Secret City, The Ex-PM and Offspring. Selected film credits include Disclosure, The Sunset Six, Is This the Real World, Swerve, Oranges and Sunshine, Van Diemen’s Land and The Bank. Greg has been nominated for Sydney Theatre, Helpmann and Green Room Awards for various shows and won both The Helpmann and Green Room Award for Best Male Actor in Stuff Happens.

Current as of May 2023.

Alison Whyte

Alison Whyte


Alison Whyte’s recent productions with Melbourne Theatre Company include Last Man Standing, Clybourne Park, All About My Mother and Richard III. Other productions include Romeo & Juliet (Australian Stage Company); Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Michael Cassel Group); Monsters, Cloudstreet, Love and Information, The Bloody Chamber, Optimism and Tartuffe (Malthouse Theatre); Faith Healer (Belvoir St, Melbourne Theatre Company); The Testament of Mary, Travelling North (Sydney Theatre Company); Hand to God (Vass Theatre Group); Australia Day (Melbourne Theatre Company/Sydney Theatre Company); Summer of the Seventeenth Doll (Melbourne Theatre Company/Belvoir); Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet (Australian Shakespeare Company) and Rising Water (Black Swan Theatre Company). Her numerous films include The Dressmaker, Centreplace, The Jammed, Subterano and Saturday Night. Alison has been seen in numerous television productions, including Scrublands, Fisk, Jack Irish, Harrow, The Kettering Incident, Glitch, Playing For Keeps, The Doctor Blake Mysteries, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Tangle, Satisfaction and Frontline. Alison is the recipient of multiple industry awards including Green Room, Helpmann and Sydney Theatre Awards for her work on stage, as well as Logie and ASTRA Awards for her work onscreen.

Current as of May 2023.

Artwork for Declan Furber Gillick

Declan Furber Gillick


Declan Furber Gillick is an Arrernte writer and multidisciplinary artist from Mparntwe (Alice Springs). His practice spans theatre, television, poetry, music, rap and visual arts. Declan also works as a community organiser, mentor and educator. Jacky is Declan’s Melbourne Theatre Company debut. Other credits include Scar Trees (Ilbijerri Theatre Company) and Bighouse Dreaming (Melbourne Fringe Festival). He is currently working on an adaptation of 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, Best Writing, Melbourne Festival Discovery Award and Best Emerging Indigenous Artist. In 2018 Declan 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. He completed a Masters of Writing for Performance at The Victorian College of The Arts (VCA) in 2017.

Current as of May 2023.

Artwork for Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson

Director / Dramaturg

Mark Wilson works as a director, devisor, dramaturg, performer and writer. His collaboration with Declan Furber Gillick began with Bighouse Dreaming (Melbourne Fringe Festival, Brisbane Festival, Darwin Festival). Directing credits include Rory Godbold’s Code of Conduct (Midsumma Festival); Emma Hall’s World Problems (Theatre Oostblok, Amsterdam) and Michael Gow’s Sweet Phoebe (Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre). As a maker and performer he has collaborated with Brian Lipson on The History of the Damnable Life and Deserved Death of Doctor John Faustus (Melbourne Fringe, Arts Centre Melbourne); Alice Will Caroline on Doors Shut (Melbourne Fringe/Temperance Hall); Triage Live Art Collective; and as dramaturg on Emily Godard’s This is Eden directed by Susie Dee. Before the pandemic, he created and performed three radical Shakespeare adaptations: Unsex Me, Richard II and Anti-Hamlet. His first feature as writer-director The End of A Childhood, based on the work of Henry Handel Richardson, is currently in post-production. He trained at Monash University, Victorian College of the Arts and Ecole Philippe Gaulier and is an International Fellow of Shakespeare’s Globe in London. He teaches regularly at VCA. His shows have won awards at Melbourne Fringe and in the Independent Theatre and Dance categories at the Greenroom Awards.

Current as of May 2023.

Christina Smith

Christina Smith

Set Designer

Christina Smith’s work has been seen at Melbourne Theatre Company for the last 20 years, with shows as Set & Costume Designer on The Heartbreak Choir, Berlin, A View from the Bridge, The Architect, Gloria, The Odd Couple, Elling, National Interest, The Seed, Clybourne Park, Rising Water, A Behanding in Spokane, Boston Marriage, The Swimming Club, Blackbird, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Clean House, Dumb Show, Things We Do For Love, The Daylight Atheist, Honour and Cloud Nine; as Costume Designer on Realism, Humble Boy, Proof, Sweet Bird of Youth and Three Days of Rain; and as Set Designer on Hayfever and Boy Gets Girl. Other companies she has designed for include Seattle Opera, NZ Opera, Victorian Opera, Sydney Theatre Company, Queensland Theatre, Black Swan State Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre and Belvoir. She is a lecturer in Design for Live Performance at VCA.

Current as of May 2023.

Artwork for Emily Barrie

Emily Barrie

Costume Designer

Emily Barrie designs for multi-disciplines of the performing arts. A graduate of VCA (Bachelor of Theatre Production), Emily’s design work spans across theatre, circus, physical theatre, parades, installations and events with her work touring widely. She has designed set and costumes for Malthouse, Belvoir Street Theatre, Ilbijerri Theatre Company, Rawcus Theatre, Chamber Made Opera, Arena Theatre Company, Back to Back, St Martin’s Youth Theatre, Melbourne Worker’s Theatre, Circus Oz, Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre, National Institute of Circus Arts and Melbourne’s Moomba Parade. Emily’s work has been recognised with many industry association nominations and awards, including the Green Room Awards and Helpmann Awards for Design and Best or Outstanding Production.

Current as of May 2023.

Matt Scott

Matt Scott

Lighting Designer

Matt Scott has lit more than 60 Melbourne Theatre Company productions including The Heartbreak Choir, Fun Home, The Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Shakespeare in Love, Storm Boy, The Lady in the Van, The Architect, An Ideal Husband, Minnie & Liraz, Born Yesterday, The Odd Couple, Jasper Jones, Skylight, The Weir, Jumpy, The Mountaintop, Elling, His Girl Friday, Red,  The Seed, Tribes, Clybourne Park, Next to Normal, Blackbird and August: Osage County. His most recent other work includes Drizzle Boy (Queensland Theatre); Tick Tick Boom! (Storeyboard Entertainment); Fun Home (Sydney Theatre Company); The Dance of Death (Belvoir); The Pearlfishers (State Opera of South Australia); Oklahoma! and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (The Production Company); Madama Butterfly (Seattle Opera); Jasper Jones (Queensland Theatre) and Madame Butterfly (Opera Australia). Matt has received and been nominated for numerous awards, including a 2021 Sydney Theatre Award for Fun Home (Sydney Theatre Company), a 2016 Green Room Award for The Pearlfishers (Opera Australia), a 2005 Helpmann Award for his lighting on Urinetown (Melbourne Theatre Company) and a 2003 Helpmann Award for The Blue Room (Melbourne Theatre Company). Matt is a Lecturer in Lighting Design at the University of Melbourne (VCA).

Current as of May 2023.

Artwork for James Henry

James Henry

Composer & Sound Designer

James Henry has been working in the Aboriginal community of Melbourne for the past 15 years as a singer, songwriter and producer. In recent years he has been in demand nationally as a composer and sound designer for theatre including the works Admissions (Melbourne Theatre Company); An Octoroon (Queensland Theatre); Bukal (Jute Theatre); Blood on the Dancefloor (Insite Arts); Heart is a Wasteland (Ilbijerri Theatre). James has been receiving commissions from various ensembles including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Melbourne String Ensemble and Brisbane Pride Choir. His film work has earned him an ACTAA award nomination for the soundtrack of Freeman (ABC).

Current as of May 2023.

Artwork for Amy Cater

Amy Cater

Intimacy Coordinator

Amy Cater is part of the first cohort of qualified Intimacy Coordinator practitioners, training and working since 2018 when the profession first arrived in Australia. Previous stage works include Cyrano, Sunday, Bernhardt/Hamlet, Fun Home, As You Like It (Melbourne Theatre Company) and &Juliet (Michael Cassel Group). Selected screen credits include Love Me, The Newsreader, The Rooster, Bad Behaviour, The Clearing, Safe Home, Better Man, Sleeping Dogs, Human Error and Gold Diggers. Amy has 20 years’ experience working with sexuality, embodiment, consent and intimacy; specifically within the adult industry, client therapy and education spaces. Amy was a Director/Senior Photographer of ethical erotica for four years. She is a qualified Psychosomatic Therapist, Sexological Bodyworker and Somatic Sex Educator. Amy has a trained background in theatre, dance and the performing arts. Amy mentors and consults on sexuality and gender best practice. Her work in LGBTQIA+ advocacy and education is a key component of her cultural influence in the Intimacy Coordinator industry.

Current as of May 2023.

Matt Furlani

Matt Furlani

Voice & Text Coach

Matt Furlani is a Voice & Dialect Coach and actor, holding a Postgraduate Diploma in Voice Studies and Bachelor of Dramatic Art from VCA. Matt has worked as voice and dialect coach on productions including Come Rain or Come Shine, Admissions, The Truth, Home, I’m Darling and Golden Shield (Melbourne Theatre Company); &Juliet (Michael Cassel Group); Looking for Alibrandi (Malthouse); Wolf Play, Heroes of the Fourth Turning, Iphigenia in Splott, The Cane, Pomona and Ulster American (Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre); Burn This (16th St Actors Studio); Death of a Salesman (Hearth Theatre). In 2016 he was a recipient of the Mike Walsh Fellowship, enabling him to travel to Scotland and work with renowned voice teacher – and author of Freeing the Natural Voice – Kristin Linklater. He has taught voice and dialect at 16th St Actors Studio and TAFTA since 2017.

Current as of May 2023.

Artwork for Joel Bray

Joel Bray

Assistant Director

A performance maker living in Naarm (Melbourne), Joel Bray is a proud Wiradjuri man and Creative Director of Joel Bray Dance. His practice springs from his Wiradjuri cultural heritage – radically challenging colonial silos of artistic genre and the politics of racism and colonisation in 21st-century Australia. His work sits at the intersection of Indigenous heritage, skin-colour and queer sexuality. Joel trained at NAISDA and WAAPA before pursuing a career as a dancer in Europe and Israel. Since returning to Australia in 2015, Joel has created multiple award-winning works, which have toured nationally and internationally including Biladurang (Melbourne Fringe); Dharawungara and Garabari (Chunky Move); Daddy (YIRRAMBOI, Arts House and Liveworks); Considerable Sexual License (YIRRAMBOI); Giraru Galing Ganhagirri (National Gallery of Australia). He has won several awards including a Green Room Award for Best Production and three Melbourne Fringe Awards. Joel was the 2021–22 Choreographer-in-residence at Chunky Move.

Current as of May 2023.

Artwork for Jennifer Medway

Jennifer Medway


Jennifer Medway is the Head of New Work at Melbourne Theatre Company.

A dramaturg with over a decade of professional experience in the development of new Australian work, she was Melbourne Theatre Company’s Literary Associate from 2017-2021 and Acting Literary Manager of Melbourne Theatre Company 2021-2022. Prior to this she was Resident Dramaturg at the Australian Theatre for Young People, Studio Artist at Griffin Theatre Company, Associate Artist-Dramatugy at Belvoir, Literary Assistant also at Belvoir, and a regular script assessor and dramaturg for Playwriting Australia.

Jennifer is also a regular guest lecturer at the Victorian College of the Arts within their Masters of Directing, Playwriting and Dramaturgy programmes and was on the judging panel for the NSW Premier’s Literary Award’s Book of the Year prize and the Nick Enright Playwriting Prize from 2018-2020.

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