Published with Namatjira
Taking its name from the Pitjantjatjara concept of exchange and reciprocity —co-created with Trevor Jamieson — this play is a deeply affecting experience of Indigenous history. Exploring themes of dispossession and displacement from country, home and family, the play tells the story of a Pitjantjatjara family forcibly moved off their lands to make way for the testing of British Atomic bombs at Maralinga.
Namatjira and Ngapartji Ngapartji go right to the heart of the intersection between Indigenous and non-Indigenous experience. These stories of family, friendship, land, myth, life and death are contextualised within the social and political framework of their times. They resonate universally,yet at the same time capture unique moments in Australian history and experience.