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go right to the heart of the
intersection between Indigenous and non-Indigenous experience. These
stories of family, friendship, land, myth, life and death are
contextualised within the social and political framework of their times.
They resonate universally, yet at the same time capture unique moments
in Australian history and experience.
The moving story of Albert
Namatjira(1902–1959). Namatjira was Australia’s most famous Indigenous,
watercolour artist and the first to achieve commercial success, but his
story is hardly known. Albert Namatjira’s story resonates today as
strongly as it did 50 years ago, providing a lens through which we can
see the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians
both in the past and the present.
Taking its name from the Pitjantjatjara concept of exchange and reciprocity
—co-created with Trevor
Jamieson — this play is a deeply affecting experience of Indigenous
history. Exploring themes of dispossession and displacement
from country, home and family, the play tells the story of a
Pitjantjatjara family forcibly moved off their lands to make way for the
testing of British Atomic bombs at Maralinga.
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Cast : Namatjira - 4M + 2 musicians / Ngapartji Ngapartji - 10M, 3F + choir
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-922-1 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
SCOTT RANKIN is a writer, director and creative director of the renowned arts organisation, Big hART. Scott wrote the highly acclaimed works
x The Pony for Leah Purcell,
Riverland for Wesley Enoch and
Ngapartji Ngapartji for Trevor Jamieson. Big hART is Scott’s passionate contribution to the arts and society – the company has won eight Coalition of Australian Governments (COAG) Awards, the 2008 Myer Performing Arts Group Award as well as an AFI Award and a World Health Organisation Award. He has received many high accolades and awards including: two Premier’s Literary awards, three Green Room Awards including Most Innovative Production and Best Direction, as well as a Human Rights Award (arts). He has been awarded the Ros Bower Award for outstanding achievement in services to community cultural development, and has received a Fellowship from the Australia Council for the Arts.