Touring July 16 – Sep 21
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.
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
Tour Manager: Peter Rosas
Cultural Consultation: Carl Fourmile
In each centre, the show will be performed in the school/community giving the young people an opportunity to see positive stories on stage. The artists will then remain in the school/community for 3-4 days where they will work with the young people to write, rehearse and perform their own aspirational stories of success back to their community. The project is integrated into the curriculum by DET, forming part of the assessment for students. This is a project that has the potential to change young lives in regional and remote Queensland, promote positive role models to remote Indigenous students, to promote positive stories of Indigenous lives and to place skills development and performance making at the centre of learning.
The touring production will wind its way around regional and remote Queensland from 16 July until September 21.
The cast will spend up to one week in each location.
Yarrabah 16 July – 20 July
Mossman 23 July – 27 July
Bloomfield 30 July – 3 August
Kowanyama 6 August – 10 August
Pormpuraaw 13 August – 17 August
Aurukun 20 August – 24 August
Weipa 27 August – 31st August
Mapoon 3 September – 7 September
Lockhart 10 September – 14 September
Hopevale 17 September – 21 September
JUTE Theatre Company acknowledges the support of the Australian Government through the Building Better Regions Fund and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.