Presented by: West Australian Opera
By: Jimmy Chi and Kuckles
An Opera Conference Production in Association with Perth Festival
Jimmy Chi’s coming-of-age musical Bran Nue Dae is an exuberant ride through 1960s Western Australia. Young Willie hitchhikes his way from mission school back to Broome, determined to win the heart of the girl he left behind.
A feel-good mash-up of rock-and-roll, gospel, country and blues music made the first-ever Aboriginal musical a sparkling success in 1990. The stage is a recreation of the historic Sun Pictures open-air cinema in Broome, and the costumes are delightfully nostalgic. Chi’s semi-autobiographical musical is packed with humour and hope.
It’s a story for all Australians, the late musician said “It is my story but it is also yours and everybody else you know who seeks love and happiness in a world clouded by injustice.”
Bran Nue Day will be showing at the Regal Theatre from Feburary 6 to 15.
Bran Nue Dae Mural
To celebrate the anniversary, the City of Subiaco and West Australian Opera have collaborated on a public art mural that will ensure the show’s legacy lives on long after the curtain closes.
The mural is designed by Perth-based artist Kambarni who is a descendent of the Nimunburr and Yawuru people of the Kimberley and the Ballardong Noongar people of Perth.
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