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||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||Danielle Sibosado|
|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.
“The band is on fire, and when the ensemble sings together, it’s joyful: one of the most powerful musical theatre experiences is an ensemble that makes magic as one, and that happens here.”
— Time Out
“[Ernie Dingo] brings just the right comic touch to the wonderfully rascally character, balancing his raunchy, cheeky wit with heartfelt emotion.”
“This joyous production, filled with hummable tunes, endearing performances and quirky choreography hits the mark”
— Stage Whispers
“Marcus Corowa gives a fabulously open-hearted and limber performance as Willie”
— The Guardian
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.