By Jimmy Chi and Kuckles
Bran Nue Dae
Presented by West Australian Opera
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.’
Musical DirectorsKuckles (Patrick Bin Amat, Gary Gower, Michael Mavromatis, Stephen Pigram)Indigenous AdvisorMichael MavromatisDirectorAndrew RossAssociate DirectorNaomi PigramSet & Costume DesignerMark ThompsonChoreographerTara GowerLighting DesignerMark HowettSound DesignerMichael Waters
|Time & Location||
6 - 15 Feb
Tue - Fri 7.30pm | Wed 1pm & 7.30 pm | Sat 2pm & 7.30pm | Sun 5pm
2hrs 20mins including interval
This production contains strong language, adult themes and sexual references
Post Show Q&A
Wed 12 Feb 1pm
Stay in your seats after the performance to hear from creators and artists in a Q&A session.
- Commissioned by the Opera Conference, Australia’s national partnership of professional opera companies.
- Ben Symons