Subiaco’s connection to one of Western Australia’s most significant stage productions will be commemorated with a new mural at the corner of Rokeby and Roberts roads.
The coming-of-age musical, Bran Nue Dae, debuted in 1990 in Broome and was the first Australian Aboriginal musical ever made. The production played at Regal Theatre in 1993 during a national tour and was made into a major Australian film in 2009.
Thirty years on, Bran Nue Dae is back in Australia for a new national tour, and returns to Subiaco this February, playing at Regal Theatre for its first WA performance.
To celebrate the anniversary, the City of Subiaco and West Australian Opera have collaborated on a public art mural that will ensure the show’s legacy lives on long after the curtain closes.
The mural is designed by Perth-based artist Kambarni who is a descendent of the Nimunburr and Yawuru people of the Kimberley and the Ballardong Noongar people of Perth. Kambarni has combined some of Bran Nue Dae’s most prominent motifs to symbolise the individual and collective journey of the characters and of the production over the past 30 years.
The boldly coloured artwork features the iconic blue skies and red dirt of the Broome landscape and incorporates symbolism of the turtle, dingo and red-winged parrot.
Visit the City of Subiaco Facebook page to see the mural come to life and check out our website for more information about the mural project.
West Australian Opera is showing Brand Nue Dae at Regal Theatre as part of Perth Festival from 6 to 15 February 2020.
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This competition was drawn on Monday 10 February 2020. The competition winners are Allannah B, Maddison C and Linda M.