Riverside Theatres presents
The Space Company
STARDUST + THE MISSION
By Joel Carnegie and Tom Molyneux
Performed by award-winning ABC presenter & performer, Joel Carnegie, acclaimed Gunditjmara actor, Tom Molyneux and the Holroyd Brass Band.
STARDUST tells the story of bandleader and trumpet player, Col Brain. Before he died, Col placed his most prized life possessions into a cupboard and locked it up, never to be opened again. But what was inside? Told through the eyes of his grandson – award winning ABC presenter & performer, Joel Carnegie – herein lies the discovery of a time capsule of Australian musical life, in a heart-warming quest to uncover what Col wanted us to know about his life by the things he left behind.
THE MISSION follows the journey of “Fighting Gunditjmara” man, Allan McDonald – one of the first Aboriginal soldiers from Victoria to enlist for war. He fought at Gallipoli and Beersheba, only to be denied a soldier’s settlement on his ultimate return to Australia and forced from his land at the Lake Condah Mission. This captivating and rollicking story, told by his great, great nephew, Gunditjmara man Tom Molyneux, tells the truth of Uncle Allan’s struggle; fighting for Country, for love, and for justice.
Experience this award-winning double bill and meet two ordinary individuals, whose extraordinary lives still reverberate to this day.
Suitable for ages 15+
This production contains adult themes, occasional coarse language, smoke haze, and scenes depicting war and violence. The Mission contains depictions of, and reference to, Aboriginal people who have passed away. It also describes confronting content in relation to the massacre, dispossession, and mistreatment of First Nations Peoples.
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STARDUST + THE MISSION is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and by the RISE Fund; by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria; by Creative Partnerships Australia through ACF Boost; the Robert Salzer Foundation; City of Stonnington and Chapel off Chapel; and the Geelong Arts Centre. ‘Stardust + The Mission’ has been created and produced by The Space Company with the 2022 national tour coordinated by Regional Arts Victoria.
Written & Performed by: Joel Carnegie
Written & Performed by: Tom Molyneux
Producer: Joel Carnegie
Director: Daniel Lammin
Composer: Nadje Noordhuis
Dramaturg: James Jackson
Lighting + Spatial Designer: Bronwyn Pringle
Sound Designer: Justin Gardam
SUITABLE FOR YEARS 10 – 12
(Stages 5 – 6)
From the Program Coordinator…
Let your students experience documentary theatre at its best. Be inspired by the stories of two ordinary individuals, whose extraordinary lives are rediscovered by their very own descendants.
Curriculum Links and Resources
Download the Curriculum Links here: Stardust and the Mission Curriculum Links
Scripts and two education resource documents (Part A: Contents and Worlds and Part B: Analysis & Evaluation) are now available from The Space Company’s dedicated education site: https://www.thespacecompany.com.au/education
1 teacher free for every 20 students booked.
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