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NORPA is bringing Western Australia’s longest-running theatre production Bindjareb Pinjarra to Lismore for a one-night only performance next Wednesday night.

Eight years since its conception, Bindjareb Pinjarra continues to demonstrate the perfect fusion of history, outrageous comedy and physical theatre. This incredible theatre experience will have you in fits of laughter, questioning your judgments and opening your heart and mind while the differing perspectives are explored.

The catalyst for this theatrical history lesson is the mass killing of Nyoongar people in Pinjarra, Western Australia during 1834. ‘The uniqueness of this play is that it contains an enormous amount of humour and goodwill. Bindjareb Pinjarra is both very funny and very tragic,’ says creator and actor Geoff Kelso. ‘It is not a grim and dour exercise in breast-beating or finger-wagging. It is lively, entertaining and engages directly with its audience.’

This unique play is performed by Indigenous Nyoongar actors Kelton Pell, Frank Nannup and Isaac Drandich, and non-Indigenous actors Phil Thomson, Geoff Kelso and Sam Longley. Bindjareb Pinjarra shows how all Australians are part of the same history regardless of skin colour and how by acknowledging that history we can move forward together to create a better future as one people.

The actors will be conducting a theatre-making workshop the day before the show on Tuesday, 5–7pm at NORPA Lismore City Hall. There are only limited places so call Sharon or Naja at NORPA to book a spot. The actors are very keen for local Indigenous youth to be involved so spread the word!

Bindjareb Pinjarra will be performed at Lismore City Hall on Wednesday 23 May at 7.30pm. There will be a community BBQ from 5.30pm and Welcome to Country – come along and meet the actors. For bookings visit www.norpa.org.au or call the box office on 1300 066 772.


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