Bran Nue Dae rehearsals under way. Image: Julia Rau Photography
Rehearsals for the hit musical Bran Nue Dae are underway in Broome
by Kate Warnock
Rehearsals for the 2020 tour of Bran Nue Dae have kicked off in Broome. Recognised as the world’s first Aboriginal stage musical when it premiered in 1990, Bran Nue Dae is a coming of age story that takes audiences on an exuberant ride through 1960s Western Australia.
The revival stars Ernie Dingo as Uncle Tadpole, a role he performed at the show’s premiere thirty years ago. Dingo will perform alongside a young and exciting cast with multiple family generations and many strong ties to the original production.
Written by the late Jimmy Chi in collaboration with the band Kuckles, Bran Nue Dae has been described as “a beacon of light” in Aboriginal and Australian cultural history. With its sense of humanity, irreverence and excitement, it still managed to carry serious social and political messages. Bran Nue Dae will resonate with audiences as powerfully today as it did 30 years ago.
The production will tour Australia next year; opening in Parramatta in January then touring to Perth, Geelong, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Adelaide across the year.
This week the cast were filmed performing ‘Bran Nue Dae’ at picturesque Riddell Beach in Broome as well as during rehearsals.
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