Three Magpies Perched in a Tree

Producer: La Mama Theatre / The Storyteller
Writer: Glenn Shea
Directed By: Glenn Shea

A beautiful, heartbreaking play of the Indigenous Gothic genre providing spiritual reprieve through Creation Stories.


A beautiful, heartbreaking play of the Indigenous Gothic genre that provides spiritual reprieve through Creation Stories from the difficult realities of the real-world story.  

Brought to the stage by award-winning Indigenous writer, director, actor Glenn Shea & narrated by Uncle Jack Charles, legendary actor and activist. 

An Aboriginal man from the stolen generation is working in his Aboriginal community as a front-line juvenile justice worker, he comes into contact with many Aboriginal adolescent young people who come into contact with the criminal justice system. This story is about how the issues impact not only the young person but their friends, family, community, the society they live in and ultimately the Aboriginal worker who is trying to support them.  

Glenn Shea has been nominated for the 2023 Green Room Award for Best New Writing, the script received State Library of Victoria R.E Ross Trust Development Award 2010, was presented as a reading at the World Theatre Festival 2011 & Highly Commended for Victorian Premier’s Literary Award 2023.  

Short Reviews

Gothic archetypes twist their way through this affecting and confronting theatre trilogy wrests lyrical and confronting theatre from the collision of ancient and modern, juxtaposing Dreaming myths with grim testimony from the coalface of our Aboriginal justice and child protection systems.
Cameron Woodhead, The Age, Nov 13 2022
Three Magpies is a personal history that is also a history haunted by the spectre of broken families, broken dreams and broken notions of personal empowerment.
Vanessa Francesca, Arts Hub, 28 Nov 2022
Glen Shea delivers a resplendent gothic tale set in outback central Australia - a story that is reminiscent of his own life as part of the stolen generation. Dreamtime is interspersed masterfully with superb voiceover narration by Elder Uncle Jack Charles (recorded before his passing), of symbolic tales of creation …offering a spellbinding enchanting journey for the audience.
Flora Georgiou, Stage Whispers

Technical Information

Touring Party: 3
Bump-in Time: 8 hrs
Bump-out Time: 4 hrs
Interval: No


As the show is being adapted for touring these will be confirmed.


As the show is being adapted for touring these will be confirmed.


As the show is being adapted for touring these will be confirmed.

Crew Notes

The Tour will include a Production/Stage Manager who leads the bump in and out and operates the show.

The Presenter will be required to supply the following Production/Technical Staff


Additional crew-

  • 2 x Lighting Staff (for 8-hours) to assist with installation of touring lighting components and lighting plot
  • 1 x Mechanist/Staging Staff (for 4-hours) to assist withinstallation of touring set components
  • 1 x Audio Staff (for 4-hours) to assist with installation of PA, touring audio and video components and sound plot

No Show Crew is required

Transport Notes

As the show is being adapted for touring these will be confirmed.

Audience & Marketing Notes

First Nations community, Glenn Shea is a proud Wathaurong/Ngarrindjeri man, recent recipient of the 2020 NAIDOC Award for Elder and Respected Person Wathaurong Aboriginal Cooperative for outstanding service to community
Politically and socially engaged people wanting to learn about First Nations Culture, History & Storytelling
La Mama Theatre Lovers of grass roots, accessible, challenging work
Teens, youth, adults working in the front line in health, education & justice sectors.

Selling Points

  • Contemporary, Grass Roots First Nations Storytelling from renowned Indigenous writer, director and actor Glenn Shea, with narration by Uncle Jack Charles, legendary First Nations Actor and Activist, recorded just before his passing.
  • Multiple award nominations, a work that does not shy away from complex, difficult and dark territory
  • Strong education audience potential - Community connection across cultures through theatre incorporating Indigenous Learning

Community Engagement

  • Indigenous Learning Workshops with Glenn Shea / The Storyeteller - a multi-tiered Indigenous cultural educational resource that aims to \"provide knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal people society and culture from a generic and Indigenous standpoint perspective through alternative active learning pathways”

Content Warning

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander audience members are advised that the performance contains voices of people who have died.





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Venue Format

Proscenium Arch, Black Box, Studio, Theatre


60minutes Minutes

Available Until (from - to)



Budget & Fees

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In Development - work which will be produced and premiered in time for touring during 2022/2023. Please contact the Producer directly for Budgets and Fees.

Remount: $17500

Weekly Sell Off: $17500

Per Performance: $7000

Royalties: 12%
Apra Obligations: NA


Technical Specifications

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