Touring July 16 – Sep 21
by Andrea James. Storyteller Henrietta Marrie
About The Work
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.
Australia’s very first Indigenous member of the United Nations and the grand-daughter of the King of Cairns; ‘BUKAL’ is the extraordinary journey of one woman’s life that follows Henrietta Fourmile’s incredible strength and determination from the very quaint and simple shores of Aboriginal mission Yarrabah in North Queensland all the way to the world stage of Geneva, Canada and the U.S. where she impacted global Indigenous laws and legislations in the areas of Copyright, Ownership, Bio-diversity and Intellectual Property. A world exclusive, JUTE Theatre Company is honoured and privileged to produce and support the presentation of this inspiring story to audiences in partnership with CIAF (Cairns Indigenous Arts Festival) in 2018.
JUTE has partnered with the Department of Education and Training (DET), touring agency arTour and the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Partnerships. The project has received the financial support of the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation, Building Better Regions Fund and Catalyst; this project will be taken into ten schools/communities.
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.
TBC 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.