“It is my story but it is also yours.”

"It is my story but it is also yours."

“It is my story but it is also yours.”

JIMMY CHI AND KUCKLES

BRAN NUE DAE

HER MAJESTY’S THEATRE

19 Aug – 23 Aug

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Set out on the road trip of a lifetime with a spunky runaway teenager, two hippies, a wily Uncle, and a German priest. By the time you shake the red dust from your feet, you’ll know what it means to come home. 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 this first-ever Aboriginal musical a sparkling success in 1990 and inspired a hit movie.

This new production recreates the historic Sun Pictures open-air cinema in Broome, and invites you to experience a quintessentially Australian story.

This production is commissioned by the Opera Conference, Australia’s national partnership of professional opera companies.
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CREATIVES

Musical Director Michael Mavromatis
Musical Director
Patrick Bin Amat
Director
Andrew Ross
Associate Director Naomi Pigram
Set & Costume Designer Mark Thompson
Choreographer
Tara Gower
Lighting Designer Mark Howett
Sound Designer
Michael Waters
Indigenous Adviser Bart Pigram

CAST

Uncle Tadpole Ernie Dingo
Willie Marcus Corowa
Rosie Teresa Moore
Father Benedictus Andrew Moran
Marijuana Annie Danielle Sibosado
Slippery Callan Purcell
Aunty Theresa Ngaire Pigram

Ensemble

Adi Cox
Damar Isherwood
Tehya Jamieson
Czack (Ses) Bero
Taj Jamieson
Bojesse Pigram
Tai Savage

Touring Band

Patrick Bin Amat
Ben Ingvarson
Manny Mavromatis
Bart Pigram

Suitability
M – This production contains strong language, adult themes and sexual references


2h 20m (including interval)


English


Hearing Loop


Accessible Venue

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Music, even at its most subdued, is emotional overstatement. - Peter Goldsworthy.

We can't wait to get back into the theatre and immerse you in great Australian music. Head to BASS to book your tickets for our first Opera of 2020 - Summer of the Seventeenth Doll!

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Music, even at its most subdued, is emotional overstatement. - Peter Goldsworthy. 

We cant wait to get back into the theatre and immerse you in great Australian music. Head to BASS to book your tickets for our first Opera of 2020 - Summer of the Seventeenth Doll! 

https://stateopera.com.au/productions/summer-of-the-seventeenth-doll/

Head to our Facebook story to join our stage manager as she goes prop shopping for Summer of the Seventeenth Doll set in Melbourne's hot summer of 1953.

Head to BASS to book your tickets to the first opera for State Opera's 2020 season at Her Majesty's Theatre. stateopera.com.au/productions/summer-of-the-seventeenth-doll/
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Head to our Facebook story to join our stage manager as she goes prop shopping for Summer of the Seventeenth Doll set in Melbournes hot summer of 1953.

Head to BASS to book your tickets to the first opera for State Operas 2020 season at Her Majestys Theatre. https://stateopera.com.au/productions/summer-of-the-seventeenth-doll/

"Who listens to the libretto? You hum the tunes on the way out, you don’t whisper the words."

Peter Goldsworthy writes about what made him say yes! to adapting the classic text, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll into a libretto.

stateopera.com.au/summer-of-the-seventeenth-draft/
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Who listens to the libretto? You hum the tunes on the way out, you don’t whisper the words.

Peter Goldsworthy writes about what made him say yes! to adapting the classic text, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll into a libretto.

https://stateopera.com.au/summer-of-the-seventeenth-draft/

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Congratulations to SOSA for reviving these wonderful Australian works. Can't wait to see/hear it.

Saw this in Melbourne way back in the 90s. Will never forget it, but you’re right, there’s no aria to drag you in.

Lynda Meixner - you might be interested. We have our tickets.

It is important that Australian creative voices be heard. Part of State Opera's mission is to produce something that is Australian and has an Australian voice.

In 2020 we decided to elevate a new production of Summer of the Seventeenth Doll to the mainstage. The opera is, in turn, haunting, funny, nostalgic, tragic, elegiac, and familiar. And, like all great art, it provides a mirror to our times. The perfect vehicle to illustrate State Opera’s commitment to telling the Australian story, in words and music of our own time and place.

Book Now at BASS: stateopera.com.au/productions/summer-of-the-seventeenth-doll/
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It is important that Australian creative voices be heard. Part of State Operas mission is to produce something that is Australian and has an Australian voice.

In 2020 we decided to elevate a new production of Summer of the Seventeenth Doll to the mainstage. The opera is, in turn, haunting, funny, nostalgic, tragic, elegiac, and familiar. And, like all great art, it provides a mirror to our times. The perfect vehicle to illustrate State Opera’s commitment to telling the Australian story, in words and music of our own time and place.

Book Now at BASS: https://stateopera.com.au/productions/summer-of-the-seventeenth-doll/

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Can't wait to see this version at Her Majesty's. I saw the original production of the stage play in Sydney in 1955, with Ray Lawler himself as Barney

I am so happy that this is still getting to be performed

Can...not...wait!

to whom?

An image from the 1996 performance of Summer of the Seventeenth Doll! The opera was commissioned by the Victoria State Opera and premiered in 1996. This performance marked the first time the authentic Australian voice was depicted on stage. So too does Mills and Goldsworthy’s opera express, at its heart, something heroic, fragile, and utterly moving.

Don't miss the first time it is performed in South Australia at the new-look Her Majesty's Theatre in November!

Book now: stateopera.com.au/productions/summer-of-the-seventeenth-doll/
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An image from the 1996 performance of Summer of the Seventeenth Doll! The opera was commissioned by the Victoria State Opera and premiered in 1996. This performance marked the first time the authentic Australian voice was depicted on stage. So too does Mills and Goldsworthy’s opera express, at its heart, something heroic, fragile, and utterly moving.

Dont miss the first time it is performed in South Australia at the new-look Her Majestys Theatre in November! 

Book now: https://stateopera.com.au/productions/summer-of-the-seventeenth-doll/

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Hmmmm looks to me like the fabulous Nicholas Todorovic as Johnnie Dowd...

Looking forward to seeing it

Absolutely Nicholas Todorovic as Johnnie .... still has to boots 🥾 !

Can...not...wait!!!

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