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Event Venue

Princess Theatre

Event Dates & Times

  • Sat, Jun 27 2020 7:30pm

Running Time

1 hour 40 minutes (including interval)


Suitable for all ages.

Merchandise/programs available for purchase in the foyer.



This show has been postponed

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Legendary songwriter and ‘voice of the Stolen Generations’, Archie Roach AM, brings his life story to the stage in his final tour ever, Tell Me Why.

This spectacular live concert celebrates his eponymous memoir and latest album. Roach will be joined onstage by his five-piece band, including award-winning jazz composer and improviser Paul Grabowsky and special guest Emma Donovan.

Tell Me Why is a captivating account of resilience, strength of spirit and great love. 30 years after the release of Roach’s two-time ARIA Award winning album Charcoal Lane (1990), this work is an intimate, moving and often confronting musical journey through the iconic songwriter and activist’s life.

The audience will hear seminal songs from his back catalogue, alongside influential music from his youth, and three new autobiographical songs written since completing his memoir.

Not many have lived a life as compelling as Archie Roach – from stolen child and teenage alcoholic to musical icon, social activist and First Nations leader. His story is an extraordinary odyssey through love and heartbreak, family and community, survival and renewal – and a testament to the healing power of music.

Roach was named 2020 Victorian Australian of the Year. He has also received a Human Rights Achievement Award for his iconic Stolen Generations song, ‘Took the Children Away’; a first for any songwriter.

“Some song-writers wrap themselves in cloaks, whether of enigma or inanity, and some bare their souls. Then there's Archie Roach.” – The Sydney Morning Herald


Ticket Pricing

  • $80.50 - Full
  • $69.75 - Concession
  • $54.75 - Full Time Student
  • $26.75 - Child 2-16 years
  • $178 - Family (4x)

Concessions available for Pensioners, Seniors, and Health Care Card holders.

Companion Cards accepted. Please advise at time of booking if you require any specific seating requirements (aisle seat, wheelchair accessibility) or hearing enhancement facilities.

Reserved seating
Downstairs only

Babes in Arms (sitting on your lap, not occupying a seat) aged up to 24 months are admitted free to this performance. All Babes in Arms must have a ticket to enter the theatre. Please ask for your complimentary Babes in Arms ticket at the box office.

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A delivery charge of $4 applies if you choose to have your tickets posted to your address.