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Contemporary Indigenous Plays
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Contemporary Indigenous Plays

Bitin' Back / Black Medea / King Hit / Rainbow's End / Windmill Baby

Vivienne Cleven et al
Five plays from around the country which illustrate the rich tradition of Indigenous storytelling as it flourishes in contemporary theatre. 

‘Each play is a durable, resilient stone that both builds upon Indigenous traditions but also lays the foundation for the generations that will follow.’ - Professor Larissa Behrendt, from her Introduction.

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Bitin’ Back, by Vivienne Cleven
Adapted from her award-winning novel, this is a ‘zany and uproarious black farce’ -  National Indigenous Times


Black Medea, by Wesley Enoch
A richly poetic adaptation of Euripides Medea that blends the cultures of Ancient Greek and indigenous storytelling to weave a bold and breathtaking commentary on contemporary experience.

A visceral impact and lasting, disturbing imagery -  SMH

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King Hit, by David Milroy and Geoffrey Narkle
Strikes at the very heart of the Stolen Generations, exploring the impact on an individual and a culture when relationships are brutally broken.


Rainbow’s End, by Jane Harrison 
Set in the 1950s on the fringe of a country town, this is a thought-provoking and emotionally powerful snapshot of a Koori family which dramatises the struggle for decent housing, meaningful education, jobs and community acceptance.

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Windmill Baby, by David Milroy
Set on an abandoned cattle station in the Kimberley landscape, this one woman play combines the poetry of a campfire story with the comedy of a great yarn.

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Cast : Bitin' Back 5M, 3F (doubling required) / Black Medea - 2M, 2F, including 1 boy / King Hit - 3M, 1F / Rainbow's End - 1M, 3F / Windmill Baby 1F
Performance Rights : Bitin' Back, Rainbow's End & Windmill Baby - / Black Medea and King Hit -
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-795-1 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Platform Papers 19
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Platform Papers 19

‘Your Genre is Black’: Indigenous Performing Arts and Policy

Hilary Glow and Katya Johanson
Indigenous performing arts have developed enormously since the early movement in 1970 and now face a dilemma between fulfilling community responsibilities, which have largely motivated and supported this growth, and the new generation of professionally-trained artists achieving the artistic autonomy which are now demanding. Government funding for Indigenous work has to date been couched in terms of its contribution to employment, health and social good. Artists are now calling for an end to sympathetic indulgence of less-than-the-best in favour of a challenge of a place in the national and international arena. The authors examine these tensions and outline the hurdles yet to be overcome before a new cultural policy will be established that not only recognizes talent but promotes it.

Currency House | 978-0-98028-029-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB