Bran Nue Dae

Bran Nue Dae at Canberra Theatre

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update

We’ve cancelled all performances of Bran Nue Dae at the Canberra Theatre Centre due to COVID-19 restrictions. If you have tickets to a cancelled performance, you'll receive an email with details about how to refund or exchange your tickets.

Updated Monday 18 May.

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-and-roll, gospel, country and blues music made this first-ever Aboriginal 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.”


Canberra Theatre

Tuesday 11 August, 7:30pm
Wednesday 12 August, 1pm & 7:30pm
Thursday 13 August, 7:30pm
Friday 14 August, 7:30pm
Saturday 15 August, 2pm & 7:30pm
Sunday 16 August, 1pm

Musical Director & Indigenous Advisor

Michael Mavromatis

Assistant Musical Directors Stephen Pigram
  Patrick Bin Amat
Director Andrew Ross
Associate Director Naomi Pigram

Set & Costume Designer

Mark Thompson
Choreographer Tara Gower
Lighting Designer Mark Howett
Sound Designer Michael Waters
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

Please note: this production contains strong language, adult themes and sexual references.

Running time: approximately 2 hours & 20 minutes, including one interval.

Sung in English.

This production is commissioned by the Opera Conference, Australia’s national partnership of professional opera companies.