Community Announcement from Lateral Love Ambassador Sonja Arnold

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Aboriginal Community – Organisations & families

The ADELAIDE FESTIVAL has allocated heavily discounted tickets for the Aboriginal community to attend and support two deadly productions – THE SHADOW KING & The Black Arm Band’s new production: dirtsong.


With Tom E. Lewis, Natasha Wanganeen, Bart Willoughby, Jada Alberts, Jimi Bani, Selwyn Burns, Frances Djulibing, Damion Hunter, Djakapurra Munyarryun , Rurriwuy Hick & Kamahi Jordan King.

The Shadow King is an explosive Indigenous reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy, King Lear, the brutal tale of a family divided by greed, pride and ambition.

Directed by Michael Kantor with co‐creator Tom E. Lewis as Lear, the timeless tragedy speaks to the historic and current circumstances of Indigenous Australia.

The Shadow King recasts King Lear as a sprawling, blood‐soaked tale of two Indigenous families in Australia’s north, weaving an incendiary parable that resinates with the ruptures in our nation’s recent history, probing at our understanding of kinship, land and belonging.

Created and produced in close consultation with Indigenous elders and performed in a mixture of languages – including Yumpla Tok, Gupapuyngu, Katherine Kriole, Baard and English – The Shadow King draws together some of the brightest lights of Australian theatre, film and music, including, Tom E. Lewis (The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith), Jimi Bani (Mabo) and the music talents of Bart Willoughby (No Fixed Address).

“Our temples are built in the ground. Our castles are in the dirt. We ourselves are written in the stars” – Tom E. Lewis

Her Majesty’s Theatre,
58 Grote St, Adelaide
Wed 5th, Thurs 6th & Fri 7th March 8pm
Sat 8th Mar at 2pm and 8pm
1 hour 40 mins (no interval)
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The Shadow King


With Archie Roach, Emma Donovan, Lou Bennett, Trevor Jamieson, Manuel Dhurrkay, Deline Briscoe, Mindy Kwanten and Tjupurru with special guest Paul Dempsey (Something for Kate) and backed by an exceptional ensemble of Australia’s foremost musicians.

Making their Adelaide Festival debut, Black Arm Band have announced the addition of Manuel Dhurrkay to the line‐up of their internationally acclaimed concert dirtsong ‐closing out the 2014 festival.

An unforgettable experience to inspire the heart and lift the spirit, dirtsong is a musical journey through Australia’s cultural heartland. Featuring mesmerising songs performed in 11 Australian languages, dirtsong is set against a cinematic backdrop of stunning imagery and text inspired by the words of Miles Franklin Award‐winning writer Alexis Wright.

Performed in Yorta Yorta, Kukuyalandji, Ngarrindjeri, Gumatj, Bundjalung, Gumbayngirr, Peek Whurrong/Tjapwhurrong, Burrarra and Tjapwhurrong languages, dirtsong is the result of painstaking retrieval & sensitive reconstruction – a testimony to proud cultural survival and identity.

Black Arm Band focuses on the expression of Australian Aboriginal experience and identity, and has become an international success story as it conquers the world, showcasing, celebrating& sharing the contribution of Aboriginal music to contemporary Australia.

“Potent and all consuming… this is music to send shudders down your spine and bring tears to your eyes.” – The Age “A special privilege to experience this incredibly generous performance.” – Australian Stage

Screen Visuals: Daybreak Films – Natasha Gadd and Rhys Graham

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are warned that the performance may contain images of Indigenous people who have passed away and images of places that could cause sorrow.

Adelaide Festival Theatre
Sun 16th Mar at 7.30pm
1 hour 20 minutes (no interval)
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ABORIGINAL COMMUNITY Ticket order form – The Shadow King and dirtsong
Please fill out the attached PDF file and return to:
9th Floor @ 33 King William St, Adelaide
(Corner of Hindley St, across from Haighs)
Phone 8216 4444 | Fax 8216 4455

The Shadow King
Wednesday 5th – Saturday 8th March
TICKETS: $10 each

dirtsong – one show only
Sunday 16th March
TICKETS: $30 each

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