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.”
Bran Nue Dae at Riverside Theatres Parramatta
|Musical Director & Indigenous Advisor|
|Musical Director||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|
|Band & Indigenous Advisor||
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.
A co-presentation with
A young teenager sets out on the road trip of a lifetime when he runs away from mission school in Perth and heads back to Broome, with a German priest in pursuit.
Along the way, Willie meets a wily old Uncle and two hippies who will turn his life upside down.
Everyone learns something about themselves in this coming-of-age story.
The performance on 25 January at 2pm is a designated relaxed performance. There are no significant differences to the production however we aim to provide a more relaxed environment.
A relaxed performance is designed to ensure guests with disability and their families, or anyone who may benefit from a more relaxed environment, can more fully enjoy the performance experience together. This can include people on the autism spectrum, anyone with sensory or cognitive considerations, families with older children*, or any individuals who prefer to watch the performance in a more flexible setting. Anyone can benefit.
Guests are welcome to come and go from their seats during the performance to make the show more accommodating for persons with disability to facilitate any accessibility considerations they may require.
A Social Story pdf guide with performance timings, detailed descriptions and images of the venue will be available in the near future if you’d like to be more informed about what to expect when you visit.
A ‘Quiet Space’ is available if a break from the show is needed.
Opera Australia would like to thank Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) for their assistance in making this accessible performance possible.
*Please note this production contains strong language, adult themes and sexual references.