Riverside Theatres, Opera Australia and Sydney Festival present
BRAN NUE DAE (AUSTRALIA)
By Jimmy Chi and Kuckles
An Opera Conference production
Set out on the road trip of a lifetime with a runaway teenager, two hippies, a wily Uncle and a German priest. By the time you shake the red dust from your feet, you’ll know what it means to come home.
Jimmy Chi’s coming-of-age musical comedy Bran Nue Dae is an exuberant ride through 1960s Western Australia. Young Willie embarks on a journey of discovery, hitchhiking his way from mission school back to Broome, determined to win the heart of the girl he left behind.
The first ever Aboriginal musical celebrates family, forgiveness and reconciliation with a feel-good mash-up of rock-and-roll, gospel, country and blues music. It returns to the stage 30 years after its sparkling 1990 debut.
“It is my story but it is also yours and everybody else you know who seeks love and happiness in a world clouded by injustice.” – Jimmy Chi
FYI sung in English. This production contains strong language, adult themes and sexual references. Recommended for ages 16+
Riverside Members get a discount on A Reserve tickets for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday performances only. No discount applies for Premium, A or B Reserves for any other performance time.
UNCLE TADPOLE Ernie Dingo
WILLIE Marcus Corowa
ROSIE Teresa Moore
FATHER BENEDCITUS Andrew Moran
MARIJUANA ANNIE Tuuli Narkle
SLIPPERY Callan Purcell
AUNTY THERESA Ngaire Pigram
DIRECTOR Andrew Ross
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR Naomi Pigram
SET AND COSTUME DESIGNER Mark Thompson
CHOREOGRAPHER Tara Gower
LIGHTING DESIGNER Mark Howett
SOUND DESIGNER Michael Waters
MUSICAL DIRECTOR AND INDIGENOUS ADVISOR Michael Mavromatis
ASSISTANT MUSICAL DIRECTOR Patrick Bin Amat
ASSISTANT MUSCCAL DIRECTOR Stephen Pigram
“Infectiously joyous, irreverent and life-affirming” – Sun Herald
“Joyous, vibrant, wildly funny” – The Daily Telegraph
“Once in a while, something very special emerges in Australian theatre — something like Bran Nue Dae” – The Sydney Morning Herald
“Bran Nue Dae is in a world of its own… A great celebration and a wonderful experience to share” – The Sydney Morning Herald
“Bran Nue Dae is about reconciliation and about saying that we’re all one human race — it’s all about bringing people together,” Michael Manolis Musical Director