Featuring many of the young people and elders of the Yarrabah Community, alongside artists Casey Donovan, Troy Brady and Nick Backstrom. Troy is pictured above with members of the community.
Opera Australia and the Yarrabah Indigenous Community of Far North Queensland join forces for this world premiere musical. Directed by Rhoda Roberts, this innovative production tells the stories and history of Yarrabah through spoken word, dance and song, performed with a live band and featuring an original score by Shenzo Gregorio, with choreography by Marilyn Miller. Featuring many of the young people and elders of the Yarrabah Community, alongside artists Casey Donovan, Troy Brady and Nick Backstrom, YARRABAH! The Musical is both striking and extraordinary.
YARRABAH! The Musical is over two years in the making, brought about by ongoing conversations between Opera Australia’s Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini and the people of Yarrabah. It is part of Opera Australia’s ongoing commitment to telling a broad range of Australian stories, building them from the grass roots and making genuine connections with communities.
The production takes place in Bishop Malcolm Park at the end of August with audiences sitting out on the grass surrounded by Yarrabah’s natural beauty. There are two performances, the first of which is closed for the community. The final evening performance will be a public performance and a true celebration of the enduring culture of Yarrabah itself.
|Music Director||Shenzo Gregorio|
|Assistant Choreographers||Derek Beaut
|Set Properties and Costume Designer||Eamon Darcy|
|Lighting Designer||Bernie Tan|
|Featuring members of the Yarrabah Community alongside||Casey Donovan|
This project has been supported by the Australian Government through Community Partnerships of the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. The Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and the Christensen Foundation have also provided invaluable support.
Opera Australia also gratefully acknowledge the many individuals and organisations who have supported this project. We would like to particularly thank the Association of Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Societies, Graeme Wood and Annette Olle, Fred and Dorothy Street, and our anonymous benefactor
This is a free event.
Performances take place at Bishop Malcolm Park, Yarrabah on Tuesday 29 August, 7pm (community only) and Wednesday 30 August, 7pm (all welcome). Please bring something to sit on!