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.
BACK ON TRACK
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.
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
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