JIMMY CHI & KUCKLES
Bran Nue Dae at Canberra Theatre
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.”
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|
|Assistant Musical Directors||Stephen Pigram|
|Patrick Bin Amat|
|Associate Director||Naomi Pigram|
Set & Costume Designer
|Lighting Designer||Mark Howett|
|Sound Designer||Michael Waters|
|Uncle Tadpole||Ernie Dingo|
|Father Benedictus||Andrew Moran|
|Marijuana Annie||Tuuli Narkle|
|Aunty Theresa||Ngaire Pigram|
|Czack (Ses) Bero|
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.