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This is your black life: Kodie vs Katie

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Glebe Library

186 Glebe Point Rd

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Sydney, NSW 2037

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A night of art, comedy, political satire, awkward teenage confessions and Redfern gossip from Cope ST Collective.

Have you ever been unfairly stereotyped for acting roles? Have you been told you’re not black enough to be Aboriginal? How often do you say the word “deadly” and what intonation do you use? These are the hard-hitting questions Cope ST’s Katie Beckett will attempt to answer as she is grilled by fellow Cope ST member Kodie Bedford in their third This is your black life show at Glebe Library.

Kodie, who learnt everything she knows from Oprah Winfrey, will be covering arts, Indigenous politics and social issues as she drills down Katie's passion, motivations and life story. And in a world exclusive, Kodie has uncovered that Katie is a secret nerd and puts the Dr. Who evidence to her.

Using a mix of videos and live performance, This is your black life, will reveal the secret lives of each member of Indigenous arts collective Cope ST, in an absurd, insightful and comedic style that will be your entertaining monthly dose of Redfern gossip. No topic is off limits and no embarrassing anecdotal stone will be left unturned.

Produced by City of Sydney and presented in collaboration with Cope ST

About Cope ST:

Bjorn Stewart, Katie Beckett, Colin Kinchela and Kodie Bedford make up Cope ST, an Indigenous arts collective that banded together to make quirky art, theatre and multi-media projects that represented their nerd and weird interests. They rose to prominence in 2016 when their comedy video “How to do Blackface” went viral. The group wrote and performed sci-fi comedy One of the Good Ones, to much acclaim at Sydney’s Red Rattler for a season and will appear on the upcoming comedy sketch show “The Slot” on Fox 8 later in the year.

About Kate Beckett

Katherine Beckett has been a quite presence and is only on the rise. She made waves in Redfern Now, Season 2 along side Ernie Dingo and has starred in many theatre productions including “Coranderrk” and “Kill the Messenger” at Belvoir St Theatre upstairs. She was a participant of 2009 Kickstart, Next Wave program and performed 2010. She is the winner of the Ian Bowie Memorial Award and was shortlisted for the Yvonne Cohen Award for her solo work in progress “Coloured Digger’s,” Directed by Leah Purcell which has been performed at the Dreaming Festival 2009, MCA Sydney, and the Coloured Digger’s ANZAC Day march in Redfern 08, 09, 10. She has now making waves as a writer winning 2015 Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwrights Award.

She has been described by critics as a hilarious captivating, and powerful to watch, her works as outrageous, fresh and gorgeous with a unique style of storytelling. She is described by her Cope St peers as a nerd who loves Doctor Who.

About Kodie Bedford

From listening to my family spin wild stories to taking a keen interest in news and current affairs, Kodie has had an interest and passion in storytelling. She was born and raised in the Midwest of Western Australia with strong family ties to the East Kimberley. Kodie has worked for SBS, ABC in a variety of roles from journalist, presenter to documentary producer and online producer. She has completing her Masters in Creative Writing at UTS. Her goal is to finish her novel, write for film and television and reboot Buffy the Vampire Slayer for HBO while liking every dog picture on Instagram.

See other events in the This is your black life series

- Thursday 31 August: Kodie Vs Bjorn

- Thursday 28 September: Kodie Vs Colin

- Thursday 23 November: Kodie vs Cope ST

Bookings recommended as this event will be very popular. We will be taking walk ups 5mins before the program commences.

Glebe Library is wheelchair accessible.

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