Presented by West Australian Opera in association with Perth Festival
Set out on the road trip of a lifetime with a spunky teenager running away from school, 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 semi-autobiographical coming-of-age musical comedy Bran Nue Dae is an exuberant ride through 1960s Western Australia packed with humour and hope.
A feel-good mash-up of rock-and-roll, gospel, country and blues music made the first-ever Aboriginal musical a sparkling success in 1990. It returns to Perth Festival 30 years on with a stage that recreates the historic Sun Pictures open-air cinema in Broome and costumes that are delightfully nostalgic.
Bran Nue Dae is a story for all Australians, the late Jimmy Chi 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.’
Commissioned by the Opera Conference, Australia’s national partnership of professional opera companies.
Thu 6 Feb, 7.30pm (Preview)
Fri 7 Feb, 7.30pm
Sat 8 Feb, 2pm
Sat 8 Feb, 7.30pm
Sun 9 Feb 5pm
Tue 11 Feb 7.30pm
Wed 12 Feb, 1pm
Wed 12 Feb, 7.30pm
Thu 13 Feb, 7.30pm
Fri 14 Feb, 7.30pm
Sat 15 Feb, 2pm
Sat 15th Feb, 7.30pm
Duration 2hr 20min with interval
This production contains strong language, adult themes and sexual references
Musical Directors Kuckles (Patrick Bin Amat, Gary Gower, Michael Mavromatis, Stephen Pigram)
Indigenous Advisor Michael Mavromatis
Director Andrew Ross
Associate Director Naomi Pigram
Set & Costume Designer Mark Thompson
Choreographer Tara Gower
Lighting Designer Mark Howett
Sound Designer Michael Waters