A JUTE Theatre Company Production in association with CQUniversity and presented during CIAF 2018
6-14 July 2018
by Andrea James with Henrietta Marrie
About the Play
From the heart of Cairns Yidinji people comes the inspiring story of a courageous woman who set out to change the world! From the humble shores of the Aboriginal mission of Yarrabah, home to the Yidinji people in North Queensland all the way to the World Stage – BUKAL is the imagining of social justice warrior, traditional owner, elder, mother and Internationally recognised academic Henrietta Marrie’s extraordinary life realised on stage. As we travel from the Australian rainforest to Geneva and journey with an Australian woman who will stop at nothing to uncover injustice and return that which was stolen to its rightful place. Just like the spirit name that her grandfather spoke over the sacred fire, Bukal (black lawyer vine), she finds ways around the obstacles blocking her path.
This is a story of resilience. Of passion that is ignited from the fire inside. Of great adventure. Never giving up…and most importantly of Connection.
In the spirit of this year’s NAIDOC theme, ‘Because of her, we can’, JUTE Theatre Company in association with Central Queensland University is proud to deliver a powerful and captivating story about one of our National Treasures living right here amongst us. Many of her triumphs unsung… until now.
This is a world exclusive, JUTE Theatre Company production in association with CQUniversity and presented during CIAF 2018.
Bukal is Henrietta’s language name and it connects her to country, to the black lawyer vine that spreads across the rainforest that is used for so many purposes. When the vine is young it can be trained and appear very elegant. Her story is special and unique, with pride in the local and the global. It is a story that will inspire, entertain and educate. Henrietta Marrie (nee Fourmile) is a traditional owner and Elder of Cairns and is a powerful inspiration for young women, particularly young indigenous women. Henrietta received a 2014, 100 Women of Influence Award for her work in Public Policy at the United Nations University. Henrietta is focused on the promotion of culture, particularly supporting young women to aspire to greater heights.
Cast & Crew
Director: Andrea James
Concept Director: Rhoda Roberts
Creative Producer: Yvette Walker
Dramaturge: Peter Matheson
Designer: Simona Cosentini
Designer: Simone Tesorieri
Lighting Designer: Jason Glenwright
Composer and Sound Designer: James Henry Music
Technical Advisor: Sam Gibb
Stage Manager: Ruth Maloney
Cultural Consultation: Carl Fourmile
Dates & Venue
6th – 14th July – JUTE Theatre, Centre of Contemporary Arts – 96 Abbott Street Cairns
7.30PM: Thursday 5th July
Cairns Season :
7.30PM: Friday 6th – Sat 14th July
1.00pm: Thursday 12th and Friday 13th July (Matinees)
Groups of 4 or more $38.85 each
Opening Night Adult $52 (Red Carpet Event with Champagne & Canapés)
Opening Night Concession $47 (Red Carpet Event with Champagne & Canapés)
Opening Night Groups of 4 or more $50 (Red Carpet Event with Champagne & Canapés)
Community Special $15 (5th of July – Preview)
Theatre is for everyone! Prices are set to suit everyone’s lifestyle. Please note that you can also attend a JUTE show free of charge simply by volunteering a minimum of two hours towards the production. Excludes opening night.
The show runs for approximately 1 hour. Rated: PG.
Matinee : $20 per student + teacher’s free
Matinee + Workshop : $35 per student + teacher’s free
Evenings : $35.70 per student + teacher’s free
Bookings : School groups can be booked directly through THIS LINK – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GNGFVWC
JUTE Theatre Company acknowledges the support of the Australian Government through the Building Better Regions Fund and the Australia Council for the Arts, it’s arts funding and advisory board. It also acknowledges support from the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.