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Stardust + The Mission

Two powerful yet forgotten Australian stories uncovering our past to reveal who we are today.

Performed by award-winning ABC presenter & performer, Joel Carnegie, acclaimed Gunditjmara actor, Tom Molyneu.

STARDUST tells the story of bandleader and trumpet player, Col Brain. Before he died, Col placed his most prized life possessions into a cupboard and locked it up, never to be opened again. But what was inside? Told through the eyes of his grandson – award winning ABC presenter & performer, Joel Carnegie – herein lies the discovery of a time capsule of Australian musical life, in a heart-warming quest to uncover what Col wanted us to know about his life by the things he left behind.

THE MISSION follows the journey of “Fighting Gunditjmara” man, Allan McDonald – one of the first Aboriginal soldiers from Victoria to enlist for war. He fought at Gallipoli and Beersheba, only to be denied a soldier’s settlement on his ultimate return to Australia and forced from his land at the Lake Condah Mission. This captivating and rollicking story, told by his great, great nephew, Gunditjmara man Tom Molyneux, tells the truth of Uncle Allan’s struggle; fighting for Country, for love, and for justice.

Experience this award-winning double bill at Cummins Theatre, Merredin on the 9th July, and meet two ordinary individuals, whose extraordinary lives still reverberate to this day.

 

The Space Company is an award-winning creative team making original theatre shows for touring across Australia and beyond. We create shows that make people think – offering a mirror to a changing world, as a challenger of the status quo. Our shows are grounded in place and community. We explore the boundaries between fact and fiction, reality and digital, past, present, and future – and respectfully acknowledge that we live, work and create on Wadawurrung Country in Geelong.
More information: www.thespacecompany.com.au.

 

STARDUST + THE MISSION is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and by the RISE Fund; by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria; by Creative Partnerships Australia through ACF Boost; the Robert Salzer Foundation; City of Stonnington and Chapel off Chapel; and the Geelong Arts Centre. ‘Stardust + The Mission’ has been created and produced by The Space Company with the 2022 national tour coordinated by Regional Arts Victoria.

This performance of Stardust + The Mission is proudly supported by Collgar Wind Farm

Stardust
Written & Performed by: Joel Carnegie

The Mission
Written & Performed by: Tom Molyneux

Producer: Joel Carnegie
Director: Daniel Lammin
Composer: Nadje Noordhuis
Dramaturg: James Jackson
Lighting + Spatial Designer: Bronwyn Pringle
Sound Designer: Justin Gardam

Warnings: includes adult themes, occasional coarse language, smoke, and scenes depicting war and violence. ‘The Mission’ contains depictions of, and reference to, Aboriginal people who have passed away. It also describes confronting content in relation to the massacre, dispossession, and mistreatment of First Nations Peoples

 

 

Date

July 9

Time

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Cost

$30 – $40

Website

Location

Cummins Theatre
31 Bates Street
Merredin, WA 6415 Australia

Phone

(08) 90413295

Organisers

Shire of Merredin
The Space Company

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