Presented by Perth Festival and Albany Entertainment Centre
Vibrant and emotional, this one-person show is as delicately told as it is captivating. Oliver uses personal anecdotes and humour as a powerful antidote to trauma and proves there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Jali: noun: a West African historian, storyteller, praise singer, poet, or musician.
Oliver Twist: a charismatic comedian and performer refusing to be defined by his turbulent past.
In this one-person show that is as delicately told as it is captivating, Oliver uses his exceptional storytelling abilities to reflect on his time as a refugee and to unpack what his life looks like now.
After fleeing the Rwandan civil war at the age of four, Oliver spent his childhood in Malawi, first in a refugee camp, and later in the city where his mother and father started a small convenience store. After acceptance into the Australian government’s refugee intake, the family arrived in Ipswich in 2014 to begin a new life.
Jali is a vibrant and emotional journey that uses personal anecdotes and humour as a powerful antidote to trauma and proves there is light at the end of the tunnel.
"Full of life, warmth, and vitality… This is why we came back to the theatre." - Sydney Morning Herald
"A natural performer with innate comic timing and enormous charm." - Limelight Magazine
Perth Festival’s Touring WA program is made possible through the support of Minderoo Foundation
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