Country Arts WA & Playing Australia
Krakouer! On Tour
13 Jul — 21 Sep 2011
PHILLIP: Bugger me, we actually makin’ a difference.
JIMMY: Yeah and I thought we was just kickin’ a bit of pigskin around.
This critically acclaimed and hugely entertaining production about the lives of sporting legends Jim and Phil Krakouer went on a National Tour in 2011, supported by Country Arts WA and Playing Australia.
Mount Barker’s most famous sons, Jim and Phil Krakouer took the Australian football world by storm in the early 1980s. Their unique and anarchic brand of football, dubbed “black magic”, captured the imagination of the nation. This is the story of the challenges they faced in their rise to the top of their game, their skill, daring and resilience both on and off the sporting field, and the controversy and adversity that has met them throughout their lives.
From July to September 2011, Krakouer! played at Mackay, Ipswich, Lismore, Sydney, Orange, Wagga Wagga, Sale, Frankston, Danenong, Moonee Ponds, Geelong, Launceston, Werribee, Colac, Warrnambool, Horsham, Bendigo, Albury, Swan Hill, Renmark, Whyalla and Port Lincoln.
“… there really is only one word about this night that needs to be said. Magic.” – The West Australian
“…the effect was total immersion in the Krakouers’ life, their love for each other and, of course, for football. And it didn’t matter if your passion for the game didn’t match theirs; the warmth and joy of this admittedly ‘three-quarter time’ tale carries you through, leaving you with a smile on your face, and hope for their future.” – Australian Stage
“The play certainly deserves the positive reaction it got in the big smoke. Jim and Phil Krakouer’s story,
with its great highs and terrible lows, makes a gripping narrative and Cribb and director Marcelle
Schmitz bring all their experience to bear to keep it lively, funny and, when the times come, truly
moving.” – The West Australian
Leon Burchill, Sean Dow & Luke Hewitt