Roger Bennett (1948 1997) was an Arrernte man from Central Australia, and a playwright. His most well known works are Up the Ladder and Funerals and Circuses. His works dealt with his life experiences, particularly the travelling boxing tents, where his father, Elley Bennett was a boxing champion during the 1940s and '50s. Roger himself had also fought in the travelling tents. Up The Ladder, was first performed in Adelaide in 1990, before travelling to Melbourne, 1995, for a long stint at the Melbourne Workers Theatre and came to Sydney in 1997 for the Festival of the Dreaming. In 2003, the play travelled to Tokyo. Staged by the Rakutendan Theatre Company and directed by Wesley Enoch (Ilbijerri Theatre Cooperative), the play used many Japanese actors.