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  • WHEN /

    10 - 28 Aug 

  • WHERE /

    Merlyn Theatre

Season 2011

Namatjira

// At the height of his international fame, his artworks sold out within minutes.

Information

  • WHEN /

    10 - 28 Aug 

  • WHERE /

    Merlyn Theatre

At the height of his international fame, his artworks sold out within minutes.

Albert Namatjira's beautiful paintings introduced the lounge rooms of Australian suburbia to the exquisite beauty of our central desert heartland.

In 2010, Belvoir and Big hART transformed the rich watercolours of Namatjira's story into a joyous theatrical event bringing audiences to their feet night after night. It is our great pleasure to share this unique production with Melbourne in 2011.

With the inimitable Trevor Jamieson as Albert Namatjira, this energetic celebration of a life fully lived features third-generation artists from Namatjira's Hermannsburg community creating expansive drawings across the Merlyn stage live before our eyes accompanied by an original score by Genevieve Lacey.

'A terrific mixture of narration, dance, mime and voice that is extraordinarily theatrical, articulate and expressive.'

- THE AUSTRALIAN

'Namatjira is confident, articulate and beautifully made theatre that owes its legacy as much to indigenous storytelling as it does to Banjo Paterson.'

- THE AGE
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Written & Directed by Scott Rankin With Trevor Jamieson & Derik Lynch
Composer / Genevieve Lacey
Set Designer / Genevieve Dugard
Lighting Designer / Nigel Levings
Costume Designer / Tess Schofield
Sound Designer / Jim Atkins
Creative Producer / Sophia Marinos
Assistant Producer / Cecily Hardy
Community Producer / Shannon Huber

Performed by / Robert Hannaford, Genevieve Lacey, Kevin Namatjira, Lenie Namatjira, Gloria Pannka, Ivy Pareroultja, Michael Peck, Elton Wirri, Hilary Wirri.

Original co-production of Namatjira by Big hART & Belvoir co-directed by Scott Rankin and Wayne Blair.
Key image photography / Michael Corridore