The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe

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Racing Pulse Productions with Riverside and Belvoir present

The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe

Venue Lennox Theatre
Dates 18 February - 21 February 2015

Riverside presents a return season


WINNER Refugee Council of Australia’s Humanitarian Award 2013 – Best Project
WINNER Celebrating African Australian’s Award 2013 – Given out to the 100 most influential and outstanding African Australians

Yarrie Bangura lost her childhood to civil war. She grew up in a refugee camp in Guinea. Now she is a writer and uni student, with big plans. Aminata Conteh is from Sierra Leone and was kidnapped by the rebels during the civil war. Now she is an ambassador for the United Nation’s Refugee Agency. Big Mama Rosemary Kariuki fled her life in Kenya, looking for a new start. Now a community leader, a “living national treasure”, she knows how to live. Yordy Haile-Michael grew up in the Eritrean army. She is the mother of four amazing kids and discovering her own dreams. They are one half of The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe and they would like to welcome you into their worlds.

These marvellous women turn their extraordinary stories of survival into a joyous theatre of humanity. But this is not just a show about what’s happened to the ladies. With the help of other African women – singers and dancers and actors – they are going to take this great opportunity to be who they want, say what they want, and become as amazing as they can. This is how they celebrate a new beginning in a land of refuge.

The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe is a celebration of women, human rights, laughter and resilience. With a bit of sage advice on hair care.

Contains content that may be confronting including descriptions of physical and sexual violence; and recorded gunfire.

Dates & Times:
Wednesday 18 February 7:30pm – SOLD OUT
Thursday 19 February 12:30pm – SOLD OUT
Friday 20 February 7:30pm – SOLD OUT
Saturday 21 February 2:15pm & 7:30pm – LIMITED TICKETS

To receive a season package, simply complete the booking form on page 39 of our 2015 Season Brochure, or click here to download and print a copy. To request a 2015 Season Brochure please call Box Office on 8839 3399 or email School bookings – Please see the Schools tab.

Use hashtags #riversideparra #BHALT
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Riverside Belvoir ArtsNSW AusCo Performing-Lines

Writer & Director:
Ros Horin

Performers & Devisors:

The Women         
Yarrie Bangura
Aminata Conteh-Biger
Yordanos Haile-Michael
Rosemary Kariuki-Fyfe

The Actors
Nancy Denis
Imat Akelo-Opio
Effie Nkrumah

The Singer & Songwriter:   
Aminata Doumbia

Associate Director/Movement:
Lucia Mastrantone

Set Designer:        
Dan Potra

Video Designer:   
Mic Gruchy

Associate Designer & Costume:
Emma Kingsbury

Musical Director and Composer:
Basil Hogios

Lighting Designer:                
Nicholas Rayment

Sound Designer & Additional Music:
Steve Toumlin

Justine Kerrigan

Yana Taylor
Natalia Savvides

Technical Programmer:      
Phil Downing

Original Producer:
Michelle Kotevski

Tour Producer:
Pippa Bailey

Tour Production Manager:
Tom Warneke

Stage Manager:
Tanya Leach

Assistant Stage Manager:
Gina Bianco

Amnesty International  Australia
Women’s Safety and Family Violence Branch FAHCSIA
The Sky Foundation
African Women Australia



$23 per student/additional teacher (1 teacher free per 20 students) Schools – Please download and fill out the booking form


I am delighted to see this wonderful production back at Riverside, after having presented it as part of our 2013 Education Program. The reaction to this production from students and teachers was one of gratitude for being able to witness these remarkable woman tell their stories. The fact that they are indeed REAL STORIES presented by the people that actually lived them makes this show special. Its a production that will open your students hearts and minds, giving them in insight into the African cultures and the lives of refugees in Australia. This show is particularly relevant to the Society and Culture course, but also good for covering social, cultural and gender perspectives in English or issue-based theatre in Drama.


STEP 1. Download & Complete Booking Form
The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe Booking Form
All bookings require a completed Booking Form.

Risk assessments and education support materials (where provided) are available online. If you are from a Priority Funded School, please contact us regarding possible ticket subsidies that may be available to you.

STEP 2. Send your Booking Form to Us
Fax or e-mail your booking form to Riverside Education:
Fax: 02 9683 3267
Scan and E-mail:
Mail: Amy Matthews, Riverside Education, PO Box 3636, Parramatta NSW 2124.
N.B. Please do not send any payments with your booking form. Riverside will confirm your booking and then forward an invoice for your deposit. Bookings are made in strict order of receipt of booking form.

STEP 3. Riverside will Confirm your Booking
Riverside will confirm your booking and invoice the school for a $125 deposit. Teachers receive complimentary seating on a 20:1 ratio (unless otherwise specified). Once you have paid your deposit, your booking is secure. You can request changes to student numbers up to 4 weeks prior to the performance.

STEP 4. Final Payment Riverside will invoice you for the balance, payable 4 school weeks before your performance or workshop date. At that stage student numbers are final. Bookings cannot be held if your final payment is not received and the deposit is forfeited. An increase of numbers is possible after the final payment day and is subject to availability.

STEP 5. Final Information Sent to Schools
A letter of confirmation will be issued instead of individual tickets if you attending a performance that has been allocated as a schools matinee. For other general public performances, you will be issued with tickets which you will be required to collect from Box Office before the performance. Prior to your visit, we will send you detailed information via email to ensure you have a hassle-free excursion. This will include updating you on any possible changes to times or more detailed information as it emerges from the rehearsal process. Please ensure you have given a valid email address on your booking form.

STEP 6. Attend and Enjoy!
Seating at schools performances is general admission and schools will be asked to enter the theatre as a group. We advise arriving at the theatre approximately 30 mins prior to your performance.

Terms and Conditions
The following Terms and Conditions apply for each Riverside Education performance booking:

  • A non-refundable deposit of $125 is to be paid within 14 days of the booking being confirmed by Riverside;
  • Changes to student numbers must be in writing and no later than school 4 weeks prior to the performance;
  • Final payment is due 4 school weeks prior to the performance;
  • Any changes to student numbers after this time are at the discretion of Riverside and subject to availability;
  • The booking is made on behalf of the school and the school accepts liability to make payments on the due dates.

Please note all school bookings made within 4 school weeks of a performance date must be paid in full within 1 week of confirmation and are final. There are no refunds or changes to numbers or dates on these bookings. If you have concerns about meeting the terms and conditions, please contact the Community Relations & Education Coordinator on 8839 3308.


The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe Curriculum Links


For information on access at Riverside Theatre please click here.

Download the social story for Lennox Theatre here: Lennox Social Story


“Ros Horin has created a tapestry-style production….of first-person narrative, dance and music in which each has space to testify to the trauma they have experienced and the journeys they have made. If that all sounds a little “heavy”, take heart, it isn’t. Humour is a consistent presence here in, among other things, an African quiz show skit and a segment set in a hairdressing salon that has “Potential Sit-Com” written all over it.”Jason Blake, Sydney Morning Herald

 “Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe is sophisticated, well crafted, intensely theatrical, honest and true.”Dianna Simmonds, Stage Noise

“It’s a profoundly moving experience. But Horin’s great skill here is to also make it an uplifting one.”The Guardian 

“Everyone needs to spend time with these women – it’ll do you the power of good.”Stage Noise

“It’s story-telling of the most beguiling kind.”Stage Whispers


Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe a celebration of courage – Hills Shire Times

“…one of the most illuminating, if confronting productions you’ll come across in the next few months.” – THE BRAG

African Women tell of rugged past – The Leader

The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe back by popular demand prior to UK tour – Katherine Knight

The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe in fine voice for return to the stage – The Daily Telegraph

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Ticket Prices

Season Package Adult $43
Season Package Concession $38
Season Package 30 & Under $29
Sidekicks Adult $43
Sidekicks Concession $38
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Season Guest Adult $44
Season Guest Concession $39
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Groups 10+ $44

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