Image: Jo Duck


By Declan Furber Gillick, Presented by Melbourne Theatre Company

A sharp-witted play from a fresh Aboriginal voice that deals with the cost of balancing family, work and culture in today’s Australia.

22 May – 24 June 2023
Sessions during APAM Gathering: Wed 14 June at 2:00pm & 7:30pm, Thu 15 & Fri 16 June at 7:30pm, Sat 17 June at 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Venue: Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio



Jacky is a smart, enterprising young blackfella working the gig economy in the big city. He skips neatly from office internships to cultural performances to sex work. Glenn is a white middle-aged record dealer, finalising a divorce and indulging in a fantasy that leads him straight to Jacky. When Jacky’s unemployable brother Keith rolls into town, Jacky’s carefully compartmentalised lives are set to collide.

Directed by Mark Wilson, Jacky follows up playwright Declan Futber Gillick’s multi-award-winning play Bighouse Dreaming. It’s a disarming and original play that asks what really matters.

Attendance Information: This production contains moments of racism/racist slurs, sexual themes, some nudity, frequent coarse language and mature themes. For detailed information about the production’s content click here.

Please note: rosemary, olive oil, garlic and gravy scents are utilised as part of the performance.


Cast: Ngali Shaw, Guy Simon, Greg Stone, Alison Whyte
Writer: Declan Furber Gillick
Director: Mark Wilson
Set Designer: Christina Smith
Costume Designer: Emily Barrie
Lighting Designer: Matt Scott
Composer & Sound Designer: James Henry
Intimacy Coordinator: Amy Cater
Assistant Director: Joel Bray
Dramaturgs: Jennifer Medway, Mark Wilson

Production supported by Craig Semple and the Trawalla Foundation.

Jacky was commissioned through MTC’s NEXT STAGE Writers’ Program, supported by the Donors, Foundations and Organisations of MTC’s Playwrights Giving Circle.