Creative Development News – January 2024

Special casting call for Accidental Bride Creative Development (February 2024).
JUTE is calling for Indian actors to participate in an exciting Creative Development. Accidental Bride is a brand-new play by Shoba Sadler, a published writer, journalist, and emerging playwright of Indian heritage who also happens to hail from the Far North and, of course, is a proud graduate of JUTE’s Write Sparks script development program (2022).

The script is a delightful Bollywood-style rom-com that follows the lives of Anil and Ashwin, two charismatic Indian brothers navigating the challenges of love, tradition, and cross-cultural misunderstandings in an Australian-based Indian wedding textile company.

In this exciting collaboration, Shoba will join forces with JUTE and the Cairns Indian community to develop the script through a series of workshops throughout the year.  The first Creative Development will culminate in a public showcase to be held at Bulmba-ja on Sunday, 25 February 2024, at 3.30 pm.

To participate, actors must be available on Saturday afternoons, 3, 10 and 17 February, from 2 pm to 5 pm and Saturday, 24 and Sunday, 25 February, from 9 am to 5 pm at Bulmba-ja Arts Centre.

To find out more, click here or contact JUTE on 07 4281 6832 or email

Faith, Spirit, Lore by Isaac Drandic (November 2024)
Faith, Spirit, Lore is a ground-breaking theatrical project that explores the intricate interplay between ancient Aboriginal lore and Western religious faith.

A Western Australian Noongar man who lives in the Far North, Isaac is celebrated for his exceptional contributions to theatre direction, dramaturgy, playwriting, and acting.  In this Indigenous-led work that contrasts traditional with pragmatic perspectives, Isaac will invite the audience to unravel the complexities of coexisting belief systems with a script that delves into the truths and motivations underpinning faith.

Isaac has assembled a stellar team of skilled professionals, including Aboriginal Elders, religious leaders and a talented ensemble of actors and directors, with the support of strategic partners JUTE and Queensland Theatre.

Keep an eye out for this celebration of diversity, heritage, and the power of storytelling. Click here to find out more.