A Bran Nue Dae

Bran Nue Dae, is the story of a spunky teenager running away from school, two hippies, a wily uncle and a German priest. It’s a semi-autobiographical coming of age story set in the 1960s, from the late Jimmy Chi, composer, musician and playwright.

This week, the Years 11 & 12 Drama students were treated to a performance of this Australian musical at the Regal Theatre.

Here is what some of our students had to say about the performance:

‘Bran Nue Dae’ was a brand-new experience for our Drama class. A jolly, comedic musical set in Western Australia’s favourite holiday destination, Broome! 

Through song and dance, the play explores the prominent theme of Indigenous identity with a light-hearted and humorous approach. With issues surrounding possession of land to the stereotypes Indigenous Australian’s are blatantly given, ‘Bran Nue Dae’ provides an insight into what identity means to the characters Willie, Tadpole, Slippery and Annie. 

We were flabbergasted by the amount of energy and excitement in the performance. The audience was clapping, tapping and wiggling to each of the tunes that played. It was a barrel of laughs and quite the experience. A lively and bedazzling show!

Josie McKenzie & Anna Uzonovic, Year 12

We are so grateful to have been given the opportunity to see such a captivating show, that was a celebration of Indigenous culture. The combination of acting, singing and dancing took us all on an emotional journey and the unique experience gave us an insight to growing up as an Aboriginal Person in Western Australia. We laughed, tapped our feet and were moved by the performance. We were also in the right place at the right time at the end of the show as we met Ernie Dingo, who played one of the main roles.

Kate Naunton-Morgan & Sophie Kelly, Year 12

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