By Jimmy Chi and Kuckles
Join legendary Australian actor Ernie Dingo and set out on the road trip of a lifetime with a spunky 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 Bran Nue Dae is an exuberant ride through 1960s Western Australia. Young Willie hitchhikes his way from mission school back to Broome, determined to win the heart of the girl he left behind.
A feel-good mash-up of rock ‘n’ roll, gospel, country, and blues made this musical a sparkling success in 1990.
The stage is a recreation of the historic Sun Pictures open-air cinema in Broome, and the costumes are delightfully nostalgic.
Chi’s semi-autobiographical musical is packed with humour and hope. It’s a story for all Australians, the late musician said. “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.”
“Irrepressible, vibrant and heart-warming.” Limelight
“...the joyous score is irresistible and the message is as important as ever.” Limelight
Uncle Tadpole Ernie Dingo
Willie Marcus Corowa
Rosie Teresa Moore
Father Benedictus Andrew Moran
Marijuana Annie Danielle Sibosado
Slippery Callan Purcell
Aunty Theresa Ngaire Pigram
Ensemble Adi Cox, Damar Isherwood, Tehya Jamieson, Czack (Ses) Bero, Taj Jamieson, Bojesse Pigram, Tai Savage
Music Directors Michael Mavromatis and Patrick Bin Amat
Indigenous Advisor Bart 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
Sung in English.
Recommended for those aged 15 years and older.
Bran Nue Dae contains strong language, adult themes and sexual references.
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Presented by Opera Queensland and QPAC. This production is commissioned by the Opera Conference, Australia’s national partnership of professional opera companies.
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