Jimmy Chi and Kuckles' coming-of-age musical Bran Nue Dae is an exuberant ride through 1960s Western Australia.
Born in Cairns, Queensland, Samuel (Tai) Savage is passionate about bringing the power of culture and storytelling to the stage.
A graduate from the Western Australian Academy of the Performing Arts, Savage has performed multiple roles in the Aboriginal Performance production of Fever and works professionally around Perth as a commercial dancer and all-round performer.
Samuel is thrilled to be making his Music Theatre debut with this production of Bran Nue Dae.
Adi is a true Kimberley Girl, growing up between Beagle Bay and Broome and a descendant of the Bardi, Nyikina, Gooniyandi people.
She has been surrounded by turquoise waters, pindan dirt, strong culture, music and dance all her life. The youngest of four, she comes from a musical family who travel and perform together throughout the Kimberley at a wide range festivals and community events.
At the age of 9 she toured the Tamworth Country Music Festival, singing and playing guitar. She had the privilege to meet and be inspired by artists such as Troy Cassar-Daley, Shannon Noll, Guy Sebastian and her favourite Kasey Chambers.
Outside her love of music and performing she is actively involved in playing, umpiring and coaching sport including netball, basketball and football. She also loves spending time fishing and camping with friends and family.
During her secondary schooling she achieved an Excellence Award at the Performing Arts Festival in Perth 2019 and came second runner up in the Kimberley Girl Competition 2019 for positive leadership.
Bran Nue Dae is Adi’s first musical theatre experience.
Hi, my name is Damar and I’m a Broome girl with dreams bigger than me. I was born and raised in Broome, but I’ve had the amazing opportunity to travel half way around the world ever since I was young. Music has been something that enhanced my childhood and played a huge part in my life. Singing was and still is my predominant instrument, with guitar my second and piano my third. I’ve been composing songs since young and still do till this day. Some of my biggest achievements have been becoming Head Girl of Broome Senior High school for 2019, being selected as a year ten mentor to take a group of year sevens overseas to Japan, and becoming an ambassador for YOH FEST Australia through a performance gig at Broome Civic Centre quite recently.
Some of my major previous performances include mainly at Broome senior high school at every assembly, and performance showcase, along with singing the national anthem at Bedford Park for Anzac Day Dawn Service this year.
I am highly passionate about the environment and the wellbeing of other animal species on earth. My lifelong dream is to eradicate all abuse and cruelty towards animals by placing harsh laws and penalties all around the world, and to own an animal sanctuary to protect and preserve species populations in their natural habitat. While doing this I will be taking my guitar and doing what I do best, performing. But for now, my next journey is on stage with Bran Nue Dae travelling around the nation for the next year as my next major performance.
Tehya is 18 years old and was born and raised in Broome WA, where she has grown up developing a passion for sport and music.
She was raised in a family of local artists and has been encouraged to sing and play music from a very young age. A natural performer, she has enjoyed singing with solo, in school choirs and bands as well as performing drama pieces. With her brother Taj, she formed a duo called Kin. In 2012 she shared the lead role in Staircase to The Moon a musical production based in Broome.
Tehya moved to Perth for her final years of high school and to pursue a netball career, playing in the top level WANL competition in 2018.
She has now returned home to Broome where she has once again taken up her passion for music. Tehya is thrilled and privileged to be a part of Bran Nue Dae as the 3rd generation and excited to perform with and for family and many others around the country.
Dani Sib is proud Baad and Yawuru woman from the Kimberley in Western Australia. Inspired by the music of her uncles the Pigram Brothers, she started playing guitar when she was 8 years old and singing when she was 12. Her music reflects her experiences of navigating life through Naarm/Birraranga (Melb) as a young First Nations woman, where she has been performing since the age of 16. She has participated in the Multicultural Arts Victoria Visible mentorship program for new and emerging artists and worked closely with well-known Melbourne folk/pop singer-songwriter Gossling.
Dani co-produced and presented BBQ: Blak, Beautiful and Queer, a music and performance night celebrating the deadly young queer Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander folk. She also produced Jirrmujina Liyan (Songs for Spirit) through Darebin's AMPLIFY program, presenting a full lineup of First Nations music.
Bran Nue Dae is the next step for Dani and a special one at that, as she has grown up listening to the songs and seeing the impact that the original production had on the Broome and wider Kimberley community.
Czack (Ses) Bero is a proud indigenous man from both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background. Born and raised in Townsville, North Queensland, Ses has always been immersed in tradition, surrounded by his grandparents practicing their culture performing in traditional ceremonies, celebrations and in everyday life.
Ses studied at NAISDA (National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Association) where he completed his Diploma in Dance. Passionate about working with children, Ses held workshops in schools, community centres and at Youth Detention Centres.
In 2014 Ses was seconded to Bangarra Dance Theatre working with choreographer Stephen Page. He has since been a regular participant in Marrugeku and has performed extensively for events, festivals and various clients including: World Youth Day Sydney, Woodford Dreaming Festival, CIAF, Message Sticks (SOH), Home Ground, Yarbun, Spirit Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival., Cruise liners, Schools, the Rugby World Cup, International Conventions, for Naidoc Week and Mabo Day.
Ses has worked with renown choreographers including Albert David, Rita Pryce, Gary Lang, Patrick Thaiday, Gale Mabo, Sani Townsend, Daniel Riley, Dion Hastie, Dalissa Pigram, Rachel Swain and Jecko Siompo.
Highlights include World Youth Day Sydney, farewell tribute to the Honourable Dame Marie Bashir, WAAN Dance Festival 2016 and Sing Sing at the Opera House, Australian Dance Awards (2008 and 2013).
He may hail from a bloodline of West Australian music royalty, but Bojesse Pigram is carving his own reputation as an artist. At just 23-years-old, the young singer-songwriter has performed at events around Australia, including the Broome to Bicton concert in Perth, the 2017 Shinju Matsuri festival in his hometown of Broome as well as small music festivals along the east coast.
Bojesse charmed the nation with his soulful sound when he appeared on Nine’s The Voice Australia in 2017, making it through to the final 11 of the reality singing competition. Currently, Bojesse focuses on the behind-the-scenes of the music industry with song-writing at the forefront of his focus.
Appearing in Bran Nue Dae is all the more special for the star, whose grandfather Stephen Pigram was a member of the renowned Kuckles band, who wrote and performed the original play alongside the legendary Jimmy Chi in 1990.
Taj Jamieson is an indigenous Australian of Yawuru, Scottish and Filipino descent. Taj started playing music at the age of 9 with guitar and later as a singer / song writer with his first performance at the age of 14. Taj performed in the show Taste of Broome; playing in fundraisers at pubs and festivals. Taj has performed in Marrugeku Dance Project's production titled Buru, the SBS production The Circuit, and acted in the short film High Tide. He has appeared in various tv commercials. Taj hopes to be known for his art in music and he wants to perform around the world.
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