FROM CAMPFIRE TO STAGE LIGHT

by David Bindi Hudson, with Kathryn Ash and Cindy Hudson

SYNOPSIS

From Campfire to Stage Light is an epic journey toward self-determination and Indigenous pride, as told through the life experience of David Bindi Hudson, well-known and loved cultural leader and global ambassador for Indigenous Australia.

David is the ultimate storyteller, singer-songwriter, dancer, visual artist and actor and the performance is brought to life through storytelling, songs, and extraordinary visual design.

The stories take us from David’s traditional lands to the international mega stages as David traversed the world musically, educating people about his culture. He co-founded the award-winning dance troupe ‘Tjapukai’, whose achievements include being Australia’s longest-running theatrical production. David has emerged as a strong cultural leader with a significant arts practice.

This play, directed by nationally recognised First Nations Director, Isaac Drandic, with music and lyrics by Nereace, Nigel Pegrum and David Bindi Hudson, will take the audience on a culturally rich journey of Far North Queensland and the world.

 

CAST

David Bindi Hudson
Nereace
Nigel Pegrum 

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GENRE

First Nations Story Telling, Musical Drama with an original score.

AUDIENCE WARNING

Theatrical haze

Contains voices and images of deceased people

RUNNING TIME

Approximately 1 hr 15 minutes

AUDIENCE INFORMATION

Rated PG: Educational use of historical topics 

Theatrical smoke may be used. 

CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM PAGE INDEX

PLAYWRIGHTS

David Bindi Hudson

Dr. David Hudson is an internationally renowned musician, artist and entertainer, and a proud Western Yalanji/Ewamin man of North Queenslandd. His work comprises a combination of contemporary and traditional Aboriginal influences. He is stepped in oral tradition of yarning, story-telling and cultural knowledge- and this is the basis of his ‘writing’ class Co-founder of Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park in 1987 and Creative and General Manager 2008-2012.
David brings a wealth of knowledge along with his many talents. David demonstrates important cultural connection which is required to provide appropriate engagement and consultation throughout community. He currently holds position as a QTIC Champion (Qld Tourism Industry Council) Chairman of FPAC (First People’s Advisory Board) – Cairns Regional Council Past Chairman of Ewamian Aboriginal Corporation.
As well as a highly accomplished guitarist, David is regarded as a leader and inspiration with his traditional instrument the didgeridoo providing innovation and a global following throughout his career. He would like to encourage and empower his people, show that many things are possible, while always delivering a positive cultural message to a much wider audience in the corporate arena. It is the intention that “communities” from both areas may embrace a greater understanding of each other. As such, David sees himself as a global messenger. 

His company Didge-Ralia P/L works to build capacity and knowledge amongst Indigenous Australians through inspirational speaking, workshop facilitation and conferences.

Cindy Hudson

Cindy has over the last 40 years has worked closely alongside her husband David. Together they have shaped a long diverse creative journey. From grass roots level this partnership has spanned a career since 1982 in Entertainment, Art, Music, Facilitation, Mentoring and Cultural Capability. She is also a co-founder of Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. Working over many years in Marketing, Front of House Management, Financials, Retail and Event Management. Throughout these years tour managed David through his Qld Arts Council’s tours, domestic and international tours. Music being the central focus of their lives co- produced over 30 album recordings while commencing and maintaining a retail business at the Pier. Founding their company Didgeralia in 1996, still a multi facet creative business, has moved into delivering Cultural Capability with varied groups both private, corporate and government alongside David. Didgeralia is excited to be in a co-production with JUTE and look forward to sharing this cultural journey that has been our life’s work and story.

Kathryn Ash

As JUTE Theatre Company’s Creative Producer, Kathryn Ash is a Cairns-based dramatist and dramaturg, working a variety of company writing development projects including JUTE’s Write Sparks writing development program and also their online learning program Write Out Loud. She has worked as playwright and writing mentor on an extensive Arts Festival program for Cairns City Council and Commonwealth Games in 2018 and in 2019 was co-writer of a highly acclaimed musical drama ‘Woven” with AustraNesia Choir. She is also a published playwright, including an award-winning play Bag O’Marbles, winner of the New York Dramatist Exchange in 2002, and over 25 produced plays to date, her most recent play Here We All Are. Assembled produced by JUTE and published by Playlab (2019). She worked as dramaturg on the 2019 Matilda Award-Winning play The Longest Minute during its 2-year development process. During the pandemic, she has been busy with two national writing projects Dear Australia for Playwriting Australia and Come To Where I Am by Critical Stages, both of which resulted in online presentation of her work through those two peak playwrighting bodies. Ash was also the driving force behind JUTE’s award-winning and highly respected dramaturgical script development program, Enter Stage Write, which operated for 16 years, and opened up long-term career pathways for over 25 regional playwrights. She is a founding member of JUTE, and is delighted to continue her long relationship with a company that has grown to be a regional force in writing practice.

DIRECTOR

Isaac Drandic

Isaac Drandic is a Noongar man from the south west of Western Australia. He is a dramaturg, actor, playwright and director. Most recently for JUTE Theatre, Isaac developed and delivered the First Nations Storytellers Program to support emerging First Nations playwrights in QLD. Other work with JUTE includes writing and directing plays Back on Track and Get Your Geek On as part of the Dare to Dream Project. These works have toured extensively throughout Far North Queensland including communities Yarrabah, Kowanyama, Pormpuraaw, Innisfail, Cairns, Aurukun, Bamaga to name just a few. His first play Back on Track won the Queensland Planning Institute Award in the Community Wellbeing & Diversity category followed by the National Planning Institute Award in the same category. Back on Track continues to play to communities across Queensland and Get Your Geek On is currently touring Victorian Schools produced by ILBIJERRI Theatre. Isaac has directed for some of Australia’s leading theatre companies including Queensland Theatre, Belvoir Street, Melbourne Theatre Company, LaBoite and ILBIJERRI. His shows have been seen at every major arts festival and toured internationally. He is a recipient of the Victorian Indigenous Performing Arts Award (VIPAA) – Uncle Jack Charles Award 2008 – He has been nominated for numerous Green Room Awards in both the Independent and Theatre Companies category including, Blood on the Dance Floor which won most outstanding independent theatre production in 2017. In 2018 The Season was nominated for eight Green Room Awards winning the big three for best new writing, best direction and the coveted award for best production in the Theatre Companies category. His highly acclaimed production, City of Gold won several Sydney Theatre Awards including a nomination for Best New Australian Work. Isaac has held the positions; Associate Director of ILBIJERRI Theatre Company, Resident Artist at Playwriting Australia and Resident Dramaturg at Queensland Theatre among others. He is a member of Queensland Theatre’s Indigenous Reference Group, Australian Plays Transforms National Advisory Panel and is currently Associate Artist at Queensland Theatre.

CAST

David Bindi Hudson

Dr. David Hudson is a Western Yalanji/Ewamian man from North Qld. He is a renowned speaker, artist and cultural advisor along with being an edu-tainer. David has travelled extensively both nationally and internationally introducing audiences to his unique presentations and wicked sense of humour. A History of cultural tourism commenced with the co- founding/co-writing of the Tjapukai Theatre originally conceived in 1987 that went on to be the longest theatrical production of its kind in Australia. David has formed a global following throughout his career and is regarded as an inspirational leader not only with music but also with connection and cultural capability, working with his company Didge-Ralia to build capacity and greater cultural knowledge in many areas. He currently holds positions as a QTIC Champion (Qld Tourism Industry Council), Board Member of QFNTC – (Qld’s First Nations Tourism Council) Chairman of FPAC (First People’s Advisory Board) – Cairns Regional Council. David has been honoured with a Hon. Doc from JCU for services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Culture, Hon Tourism Ambassador along with a Centenary Medal. “It is the hope that I can encourage and empower my people that many things are possible while always delivering a positive cultural message to a broader audience in the community, and the intention that all may embrace a greater understanding of each other”. David sees himself as a GLOBAL MESSENGER ANCIENT VOICE OF THE FUTURE

Nereace

Nereace always knew that songwriting and music composition was going to be her passion. She was born in Empangeni, South Africa. During high school she attended an Art-Ballet Music and Drama school. She then continued her studies in music at college, whilst gathering performance experience, playing as a cocktail pianist in hotels and bars. Nereace moved to London in 1994 where she continued to study, work a baffling range of jobs! and recorded ‘Illusions’ her first album of original compositions. In 2004 Nereace and her now husband Duncan, decided to emigrate to Australia, settling first in Sydney. Whilst there, alongside a busy piano teaching schedule, Nereace achieved a PhD in Metaphysical counselling and Psychotherapy, began using Dance in therapy and ran Chakradance workshops. In 2008 they settled in Cairns. Nereace has not only brought daughter Leotie into the world but has established a busy piano teaching practice and for some years has been a specialist teacher at local schools. Nereace is writing a Musical with producer Nigel Pegrum which they hope to complete by 2023. Her dream of inspiring and uniting others through songs and music is now coming alive… Nereace.com \

Nigel Pegrum

Nigel has been making music for more than 50 years! In the UK he was a member of early line ups of bands that have become part of rock music history He has been awarded five gold and seven silver albums, and toured the world for 18 years with UK folk rockers Steeleye Span. Since 1975 has run record companies, video production facilities and recording studios. Emigrating with his Australian wife and two children, Nigel arrived in Australia in 1992, setting up his own recording studio in Cairns FNQ. He has since engineered and produced over 150 CD’s which have received ARIA nominations on six occasions and twice winning the ‘World Music’ category for his work with Torres Strait Islander singer, Seaman Dan (Henry Dan AM – Member of the Order of Australia). Nigel has worked extensively with Indigenous artists from Cape York, the Northern Territory and throughout the Torres Strait, both in commercial music production and archiving traditional music and oral histories, as well as TV talent contest winners and local Cairns region musicians. He has created music for film and TV, stage plays and public and corporate events and has received awards for his work in both the TV and Radio industries, as well as Blues and Relaxation/ Meditation genres and school music projects. A recent ‘New Age’ production narrowly missed out on being nominated for a Grammy in the USA, but nevertheless picked up a swag of major awards. Nigel is known as a workaholic and suffers from being a perfectionist!! He tackles each and every project with boundless enthusiasm, energy and a drive to make them great!!

COMPOSERS AND MUSICIANS

Nereace, Nigel Pegrum and David Hudson

SOUND DESIGN

Nigel Pegrum

SET, COSTUME AND PRODUCTION DESIGNER

Josh McIntosh

Josh is a multi-award winning Production Designer for McIntosh theatre, opera, musical theatre, dance and festivals. Recent work includes “The Twits”, “Fourthcoming” and “A Christmas Carol” for Shake&Stir, “Dogs in the Schoolyard” with Flipside Circus and Altitude Theatre’s inaugural “The Producers”. Josh has designed sets for Queensland Ballet‘s “Peter & the Wolf” and “The Little Green Road to Fairyland” (Co-produced by Queensland Music Festival with music by Elena Kats- Chernin.) Josh’s Australasian current touring productions include Homunculus Theatre’s “High Tea with Booff”, Shake&Stir’s “Jane Eyre” and “Fantastic Mr Fox”. In 2022 Josh is undertaking the site design for Brisbane Festival and QPAC’s Clancestry festival. Other festival design includes the Openair Cinemas in Australia & NZ, QPAC’s Out of The Box children’s theatre festival (2016 & 2018) and for elements of Strut’n’Fret’s Garden Of Unearthly Delights. Josh has received a Gold Matilda Award in 2011 for his Body of Work and Silver Matilda Awards in 2015, 2017, 2018 & 2019.

LIGHTING DESIGNER AND PRODUTION MANAGER

Sam Gibb

With a professional career spanning over 20 years, Sam has managed and designed for countless national and international theatre productions / events / festivals / productions in a variety of roles. Sam has worked in a freelance capacity as production manager, event operations manager, technical manager, technical designer, stage manager, tour manager, technical operator, theme designer, FOH audio engineer, audio monitor engineer and lighting designer. Sam continues to tour extensively around the country and overseas in a variety of technical, design, tour management and production management roles Sam has worked in a variety of dynamic and challenging venues around Australia. Working on events within the Rainforest to the Sydney Opera House, sometimes working around the clock to ensure nothing but the best outcome is realised. Sam is currently working on creating an online Technical Production program for JUTE which will become available in 2022 for those wishing to pursue a working knowledge of this exciting and demanding field of theatre work. Sam has worked on over 20 JUTE Theatre Company productions.

PROJECTION DESIGNER

Keith Deverell

Keith Deverell is a Melbourne based video artist who also has a professional background in installation design and data visualisation. Keith’s video installations have been installed in both the Melbourne Laneways Commission, 2009, and the Melbourne International Arts Festival, 2010. In 2011 Keith’s work The Hawker’s Song, made in collaboration with Sue McCauley and two Cambodian artists Srey Bandol and Meas Sekorn, was acquired by the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) and was included in the SAM and Centre Pompidou exhibition, Video, An Art, A History, Videos from the Centre Pompidou and SAM collections. Recently Keith has been working on ultra slow motion portraits of local musicians that where displayed between bands during the Sugar Mountain Music Festival in 2012 and 2013 in Melbourne.

PRODUCTION ARTIST

Jedess Hudson

Jedess is a descendant from the Ewamian and Western Yalanji people of North Queensland. She is an established Aboriginal artist contributing to the arts sector for many years.

Growing up Jedess was taught to be aware of her surroundings especially in nature and analyse the things that make up our diverse landscape. On her creative journey, Jedess has continued to draw deeply from her traditional homelands.

The land, seasons, bush tucker, flora and fauna are aspects that inspire her and are incorporated into her work.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY

Mick Fuhrimann: promotional photography

Paul Furse: production, rehearsal and performance photos

ModFilms / Colin Pett: videography

SET CONSTRUCTION

Josh McIntosh

SPONSORS AND PARTNERS

This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland