Dare to Dream

April - June 2021: Back on track
June -September 2021: Get your geek on

About Dare to Dream

This program, involving the creation, development, production and touring of inspirational new stories to regional and very remote communities of North Queensland, is made by First Nations artists. Nothing else like it currently exists in Australia. 

JUTE initially commissions a First Nations playwright to create the work, assembles teams of First Nations creatives to rehearse and produce the work before the residency program takes performances and First Nations creative teams to regional and remote communities for up to ten weeks. The team stays in each community for a week after the performance, working for the school day with a group of students creating their own stories of hope.

The students then get to perform their own version of Dare to Dream at the end of the week back to their community. This program is big. This program is changing lives. It has had an enormous impact on how these students and communities think about themselves and their aspirations.

JUTE’s Dare to Dream is all about the ‘if only…’ and the ‘what if…’

It’s about the transformative power of theatre at its most simple, most raw, most potent.

In 2016 and 2017, we toured Proppa Solid by Indigenous Australian playwright Stephen Oliver and in 2018, Bukal by Indigenous Australian playwright Andrea James with Henrietta Marrie. In 2019, Dare to Dream toured the award-winning show The Longest Minute by Rob Kronk and Indigenous Australian playwright Nadine McDonald-Dowd.

In 2021, JUTE is touring two Dare to Dream productions with exciting new works by Indigenous Australian playwright and director Isaac Drandic.

Over the years, in order to be able to bring Dare to Dream to the various communities, JUTE has partnered with ArTour, Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Partnerships and the Department of Education, and is generously supported by the Tim Fairfax Foundation. Our first tour in 2021 is also supported by the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

Dare to Dream was a brilliant experience for our students, especially in terms of the residency for Indigenous students, culminating in a performance to Elders. It was a professional operation from beginning to end and we are looking forward very much to their return.

James Wall (Head of Department, English Drama), Mossman State High School


GET YOUR GEEK ON

Synposis

12-year-old Djirra is a science whizz; she knows how to make a robot walk and volcano pop bright coloured fizz. Her hero is David Unaipon- you know the bloke who’s on the Australian $50 note! He was an Australian Indigenous inventor, and just like him, Djirra wants to make an invention that changes the world for the better … the world’s greatest ever invention! But what?? Djirra is excited that the school science fair is coming up and she wants to take out top prize with a great invention. She’s got some competition, though. Her classmate and archrival in the invention game, Kevin, will do anything to take that first prize instead of her.

Touring Schedule

  • Innisfail: 28 June – 2 July
  • Cooktown: 5 – 9 July
  • Mapoon: 19 – 23 July
  • Weipa: 26 – 30 July
  • Pormpuraaw: 2 – 6 August
  • Aurukun: 9 – 13 August
  • Kowanyama: 23 – 27 August
  • Mossman: 30 August – 3 September
  • Ravenshoe: 6 – 10 September
  • Innisfail: 13  – 17 September
               

Cast: Get your Geek on

Sean Dow
Taeg Twist

Creative Team: Get your Geek on

Playwright: Isaac Drandic 
Director: Isaac Drandic
Set, Props & Costume Designer: Simona Cosentini & Simone Tesorieri
Composer: David Hudson & Nigel Pegrum

Stage Manager: PJ Rosas
Creative Producer: Monica Stevens

BACK ON TRACK

Synopsis

Eric is a 10-year-old boy who dreams of becoming a dare – devil motor-cross champion just like his hero, Chad Reed. Eric lives with his grandmother (nan), who has laid down the law about motorbikes and road safety. Nan insists Eric wear a crash helmet and he is not allowed to practice with other kids. Eric wonders how is ever going to be a champion with such tough rules. Nan has good reason to be cautious; both Eric’s parents died a few years back in a car crash when someone threw a rock at their moving car. Eric alone survived the crash because he was wearing a seat belt. One night Eric’s cousin Dennis tempts him to sneak out and ride the practice tracks…without his helmet. How off track can he go? Between playing it safe and taking risks, Eric has to find a way of making his dream come true; which just happen means getting back on track and listening to his own instinct – and his nan.

Touring schedule

  • Yarrabah: 27 – 30 April
  • Djarragun: 4 – 8 May
  • Pormpuraaw: 17 – 21 May
  • Kowanyama: 24 – 28 May
  • Mapoon: 31 May – 4 June

Cast: Back on Track

Leonard Donahue
Taeg Twist

Creative Team Back on Track

Playwright: Isaac Drandic 
Director: Isaac Drandic
Set, Props & Costume Designer: Hayley Gillespie
Composer: David Hudson

Stage Manager: PJ Rosas
Creative Producer: Monica Stevens
Photography/Videography: FrontRow Fotos