Kym Maxwell - A Wharfie's Story


A Wharfie’s Story is a collaboration between the Collingwood College Theatre Troupe and artists Kym Maxwell, Gerard Van Dyke and Joel Stern.

The project is inspired by the autobiography Proud to be a Wharfie by Jim Beggs (2013), a story that traces Beggs life on the Docks as a worker and unionist. The students present their interpretation of wharfi labour and integrity through action and voice in feedback from choreographer Gerard Van Dyke, and live sound performance developed with Joel Stern.

The site specific show brings attention to the changing conditions of labour and workers’ rights at the Docks based on Jim Begg’s time there from the 1950’s. Even though 90% of the world’s trade travels via the ocean, the wharfies’ world and stories are somehow invisible. Self-published (Melbourne). 

320 pages, 27 x 20 cm, softcover, Self-published (Melbourne).