Stardust and The Mission

Sat, 10/08/2019 - 7:30pm

For 25 years, a locked cupboard sat in a family garage. So what was inside? A “Fighting Gunditjmara” man returns home from war only to be forced from his traditional lands. What drove him to fight for a country that didn’t even recognise him as a citizen? Family secrets are revealed in Stardust and The Mission – a double bill about love, music, war and all the things that people leave behind…

Starring multi-award winning ABC presenter and performer, Joel Carnegie, and award winning actor, Tom Molyneux, with direction by Tom Molyneux (Stardust) and James Jackson (The Mission), these are two extraordinary stories of ordinary Australians whose legacies still reverberate today. Originally airing as a ‘radio cabaret documentary’ on ABC Radio National, Stardust tells the story of esteemed Victorian jazz musician, Col Brain, with his grandson, Joel Carnegie on a quest to uncover what Col wanted us to know about life through the things he left behind… The Mission brings to life the story of Tom Molyneux’s relative, Gunditjmara man Allan McDonald – one of Victoria’s first Indigenous soldiers to enlist for WWI – in a solo documentary theatre performance that traces an account of a soldier at war; both at home and abroad.

Warnings: includes adult themes, occasional coarse language, smoke, scenes depicting war/ violence. ‘The Mission’ contains depictions of, and reference to, Indigenous people who have passed away. It also describes confronting content in relation to the massacre, dispossession and mistreatment of Indigenous peoples.

Lighthosue Theatre
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