Castlemaine State Festival, Sydney Opera House and Canberra Theatre
March / April
A new Indigenous work from the Tiwi Islands off the coast of Darwin. The piece includes songs and puppetry, suitable for a family audience.
Using the language and rhyme of the Tiwi Islands, north of Darwin, Wulamanayuwi tells the story of a young girl and her experiences with the spirit-beings of a mystical, dreamtime land. In the tradition of the Grimms Brothers tale Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Wulamanayuwi, daughter of the Rainbow Serpent totem runs away from her evil stepmother into a land of water spirits, dingoes, wallabies and frogs. Guided by a white cockatoo Wulamanayuwi meets the seven Pamanui (spirit beings) who, in a quest to seek revenge and justice, will lead her back home via a path of myth and magic, disaster and adventure.
Listen to a great review of the show by ABC’s Fiona Craigen.