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NORPA: Rhoda Roberts in My Cousin Frank. Photo by Kate Holmes

Join creative powerhouse Rhoda Roberts AO as she shares tales of her cousin Francis ‘Frank’ Roberts, whose fights in the boxing ring mirrored his fight for his family and his culture. These are yarns about the places we call home, our shared past, and aspirations for a new tomorrow. My Cousin Frank sheds light on the rich history of the Northern Rivers and tells the story of the fighting Roberts family of Lismore and Australia’s first Aboriginal Olympian.

Frank Roberts spent his entire life fighting. A boxing champion, he was the first Aboriginal Olympian, and respected for his contribution to the ‘sweet science’ in Australia. Outside the ring they called him ‘Honest Frank’ – he fought tirelessly for his family and culture.

Rhoda Roberts AO takes to the stage in August for an evening of personal storytelling as she shares tales of her first cousin Frank, a Widjabul Wia-bal and Githabul man from Cubawee (a self-managed Aboriginal settlement), and the irrepressible Roberts family of Lismore.

Directed by Kirk Page, Rhoda brings the fighting spirit of Frank and her mob to life on: Saturday, August 24 at 2pm and 7.30pm at the Star Court Theatre, Lismore; Saturday, August 30 at 2pm and 7.30pm and Sunday, August 31 at 7.30pm at the Byron Theatre, Byron Bay.

Tickets on sale now: www.norpa.org.au.

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