Jandamarra by Steve Hawke

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  • Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre

About the Play

This story belongs to the Bunuba people of the Kimberley. But it speaks to everyone.

Growing up just as the first pastoralists were cutting a swathe through his native lands, Jandamarra is one of Australia’s great tragic heroes. Station child, angry young man, police tracker of his own people and finally inspirational leader of the most successful Indigenous resistance against white settlement, his life was lived on the jagged edge of change and uncertainty.

This epic and passionate production by Black Swan Theatre Company and Bunuba Films, with the Perth International Arts Festival, brings this important and moving story to Perth audiences in three languages. Playwright and long-term Kimberley identity Steve Hawke has worked with Bunuba and Kriol translators on a script whose epic sweep and startling images will stay in your memory.

"Tell him to let all the station mob know, all the police mob, everybody. Tell em this word. We're taking our country back now." Jandamarra

Production in Bunuba, English and Kriol with English surtitles.

A Perth International Arts Festival event. Presented in association with Bunuba Films.


Production images

Cast & Creatives

Cast featuring: Jimi Bani, Tony Briggs, George Brooking, Emmanuel Brown, Simon Clark, Peter Docker, Geoff Kelso, Ningali Lawford-Wolf, Danny Marr, Margaret Mills, Kelton Pell, Dennis Simmons and Sandra Umbagai-Clarke

Director: Tom Gutteridge

Associate Director Ningali Lawford-Wolf Set & Costume Designer Zoe Atkinson Lighting Designer Andrew Lake Musical Director Paul Kelly


"Inspirational tale of bush hero … an epic production in corporating three languages, animation and aerial movement." Eastern Reporter

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