by Andrea James
image from the 2009 White Whale Theatre production

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by Andrea James

Reflecting Indigenous peoples’ prior and on-going ownership of the land Melbourne stands on we have Melbourne ‘suburb’ of ‘Birrarung’, meaning river of mists (the Yarra).

This play is set on the Melbourne tramway system (a modern river of transportation) and in the secret chambers of Flinders Street Station (by the side of the Yarra).

In this comic and poignant magical-realist piece, an ancient Aboriginal warrior in a possum skin cloak is confronted by a motley crew of ticket inspectors on a tram. Back at their headquarters he whisks them away on a magical journey through the dusty old ballroom above the terminus and into the forever zone.

This piece was commissioned by White Whale Theatre in 2008 writers as part of Melburnalia No. 2. Five writers were asked to produce a 20-minute piece about a specific slice of life in a Melbourne suburb.

This title appears in:

BlakStage: Contemporary Indigenous Australian Plays

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