Bran Nue Dae, the world’s first Aboriginal stage musical, gets a major revival on its 30th birthday. Packed to the tin roof with humour and hope, and fuelled by the soul-reggae-country sounds of cult band Kuckles, the late Jimmy Chi’s musical is a road-trip through 1960s Western Australia. Follow Young Willie as he hitchhikes his way home from mission school back to the girl he loves, with two hippies, a wily Uncle and a German priest for company.
Staged on a recreation of the historic Sun Pictures open-air cinema in Broome, Bran Nue Dae looks back to a different world, and forward to a better tomorrow. It’s a story for all Australians, said Chi. “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.”
An Opera Conference production presented by Opera Australia and Sydney Festival.
“Infectiously joyous, irreverent and life-affirming” – Sun Herald
“Once in a while, something very special emerges in Australian theatre — something like Bran Nue Dae” – Sydney Morning Herald
“Bran Nue Dae is in a world of its own… A great celebration and a wonderful experience to share” – Sydney Morning Herald