Bran Nue Dae

West Australian Opera presents
By Jimmy Chi & Kuckles

An opera conference production
In association with Perth Festival

A feel-good mash-up of rock-and-roll, gospel, country and blues music made the first-ever Aboriginal musical a sparkling success in 1990. The stage is a recreation of the historic Sun Pictures open-air cinema in Broome, and the costumes are delightfully nostalgic. Chi’s semi-autobiographical musical is packed with humour and hope.

"It is my story but it is also yours and everybody else you know who seeks love and happiness in a world clouded by injustice"
— Jimmy Chi


Set out on the road trip of a lifetime with a spunky teenager running away from school, two hippies, a wily Uncle and a German priest. By the time you shake the red dust from your feet, you’ll know what it means to come home.

Jimmy Chi’s coming-of-age musical Bran Nue Dae is an exuberant ride through 1960s Western Australia. Young Willie hitchhikes his way from mission school back to Broome, determined to win the heart of the girl he left behind.


Musical Director and Indigenous Advisor Michael Mavromatis
Musical Director Patrick Bin Amat
Director Andrew Ross
Associate Director Naomi Pigram
Set & Costume Designer Mark Thompson
Choreographer Tara Gower
Lighting Designer Mark Howett
Sound Designer Michael Waters
Indigenous Advisor Bart Pigram
Patrick Bin Amat, Mia Brine, Ben Ingvarson, Manny Mavromatis, Bart Pigram
Uncle Tadpole Ernie Dingo
Willie Marcus Corowa
Rosie Teresa Moore
Father Benedictus Andrew Moran
Marijuana Annie Danielle Sibosado
Slippery Callan Purcell
Aunty Theresa Ngaire Pigram
Female ensemble Adi Cox, Damar Isherwood, Tehya Jamieson
Male ensemble Czack (Ses) Bero, Taj Jamieson, Bojesse Pigram, Tai Savage

Event and ticketing details


Wheelchair Access

Dates & Times

DURATION 2hr 20min including one interval
6 February, 2020 Thursday - 7.30pm
7 February, 2020 Friday - 7.30pm
8 February, 2020 Saturday - 2.00pm, 7.30pm
9 February, 2020 Sunday - 5.00pm
11 February, 2020 Tuesday - 7.30pm
12 February, 2020 Wednesday - 1.00pm, 7.30pm
13 February, 2020 Thursday - 7.30pm
14 February, 2020 Friday - 7.30pm
15 February, 2020 Saturday - 2.00pm, 7.30pm