Archie Roach: Tell Me Why by Play on Presents P/L


Not many have lived as many lives – from stolen child, teenage alcoholic, seeker, lover, father, musical and lyrical genius, to social advocate and First Nations leader – but it took almost a lifetime to find who he really was.

He is Archie Roach.

In recent years he faced the sudden death of his life partner and musical collaborator of 38 years, Ruby Hunter and went on to survive a debilitating stroke and lung cancer.

Forcibly removed at only two from loving parents, six other siblings and his community, Roach’s early years were equally traumatic. He became a teenage alcoholic and drifted into destitution whilst searching for his identity and place.

Tell Me Why, the title of his new Memoir (Simon and Schuster), is an intimate, moving and often confronting account of his resilience and strength of spirit, and also of a great love story. It’s an extraordinary odyssey of love and heartbreak, family and community, survival and renewal – and the healing power of music.

Tell Me Why, also the title of the companion album (Bloodlines), considered Roach’s 18 song ‘magnum opus’, re-imagines eleven songs which have defined his extraordinary career, together with two songs, previously written but never recorded, two songs of early-influence and three brand new recordings.

Roach voices the joy, pain and hope he found on his path through these songs to become the legendary singer-songwriter and storyteller that he is today – beloved and respected by fans worldwide.

Roach has been making records since 1990 and along the journey has received many accolades including a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), along with a Human Rights Achievement Award, five ARIAs, and an APRA Lifetime Achievement award. He has shared the stage with Patti Smith, Paul Simon, Joan Armatrading, Rodriguez and the late, great Leonard Cohen.

Tell Me Why, the memoir and the companion album, makes a critically important contribution to the Australian story for us all.

A new work sharing stories and songs from Archie's new memoir and companion album.

17th Apr 2020 to 12th Sep 2020

Archie Roach
Duration: 80 minutes
Artform: Music
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Date Venue Location More info
17th Apr 2020 Bunjil Place Magid Drive, Narre Warren, 3805
18th Apr 2020 Frankston Arts Centre Davey St, Frankston, 3199
22nd Apr 2020 Forge Theatre and Arts Hub 80 McKean St, Bairnsdale, 3875
23rd Apr 2020 The Wedge 70 Foster St, Sale, 3820
24th Apr 2020 Latrobe Performing Arts Centre Cnr Breed and Grey Streets, Traralgon, 3844
27th May 2020 The Bowery Theatre 309C Main Rd, St Albans, 3021
28th May 2020 Drum Theatre Cnr Lonsdale & Walker Streets, Dandenong, 3175
29th May 2020 Kyneton Town Hall 129 Mollison St, Kyneton, 3444
30th May 2020 Her Majesty's Theatre 17 Lydiard St South, Ballarat, 3350
5th Jun 2020 Colac Otway Performing Arts & Cultural Centre Cnr Gellibrand & Rae Streets, Colac, 3250
6th Jun 2020 Portland Arts Centre Cnr Glenelg & Bentinck Streets, Portland, 3305
19th Jun 2020 Burrinja 351 Glenfern Rd, Upwey, 3158
20th Jun 2020 Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre 96 Graham St, Wonthaggi, 3995
4th Jul 2020 The Clocktower Centre 750 Mt Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds, 3039
9th Jul 2020 Riverlinks WestSide Echuca Rd, Shepparton, 3629
10th Jul 2020 Williamstown Town Hall 104 Ferguson St, Williamstown, 3016
11th Jul 2020 Wyndham Cultural Centre 177 Watton St, Werribee, 3030
16th Jul 2020 Ulumbarra Theatre 10 Gaol Rd, Bendigo, 3550
18th Jul 2020 Whitehorse Centre 397 Whitehorse Rd, Nunawading, 3131
24th Jul 2020 Mildura Arts Centre 199 Cureton Ave, Mildura, 3500
5th Sep 2020 Lighthouse Theatre 185 Timor St, Warrnambool, 3280
12th Sep 2020 The Memo 235 Maroondah Hwy, Healesville, 3777