Bran Nue Dae

Jimmy Chi and Kuckles' coming-of-age musical Bran Nue Dae is an exuberant ride through 1960s Western Australia.

Bran Nue Dae

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Original Creative Team

Andrew Ross

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Andrew Ross

Director

Andrew Ross

Director

Andrew Ross is a theatre director from Western Australia, who has directed a number of iconic Western Australian plays including The Dreamers and No Sugar by Jack Davis, and Bran Nue Dae and Corrugation Road by Jimmy Chi. He has adapted and directed The Merry-go-Round in the Sea and Tourmaline by Randolph Stow for Black Swan Theatre in Festivals of Perth. His productions have toured nationally and internationally, and won a number of best production awards including a Melbourne Greenroom Award, an Age Critics Melbourne Festival Award and a Western Australian Equity Award.

He was foundation director of Black Swan State Theatre in Perth from 1991-2003.

He worked for the Indonesian Government, Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy producing the Indonesian Performing Arts Market in 2013. He was a board member of the Australia Indonesia Institute, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade from 2016-2019.

Andrew has taught and directed at the Victorian College of the Arts and Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

Naomi Pigram

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Naomi Pigram

Associate Director

Naomi Pigram

Associate Director

Recipient of the ‘Too Solid’ female vocalist of the year award Naomi Pigram is a proud indigenous person of Yawuru and Wadjarri people.

Naomi is a singer, songwriter, performing artist and community service worker from Broome. Her professional performing career began at the age of 15 starring in Bran Nue Dae cabarets.  Naomi studied dance at Naisda and, at the age of 17, toured nationally in the role of Christina with Corrugation Road across three different tours. In 1999 she played the lead in the Dendy- award winning short film, “Kulli Foot” and has supported many major Australian Artists including Missy Higgins and Archie Roach. In 2013 Naomi appeared in a film written and directed by her sister Ngaire Pigram entitled Dark Whispers. This earned Naomi a WOW award for her leading performance.

With over 25 years of experience in the performing arts and community service sector Naomi has combined her knowledge of the complex social issues in the region and creative talents to develop and implement projects to encourage and promote self-discovery, acceptance and change for its participants.

Mark Thompson

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Mark Thompson

Set and Costume Designer

Mark Thompson

Set and Costume Designer

Mark Thompson has an extensive career as a theatre and corporate/event designer as well as a ceramic sculptor with nine solo sculpture exhibitions in Australia. Mark is also a successful painter exhibiting his works in solo exhibitions with Robin Gibson Gallery and was a 2009 Archibald finalist.

In 1984 Mark began designing for theatre and has designed over 60 productions for most of Australia’s leading theatre companies including Sydney Theatre Company, Opera Australia, The State Opera of South Australia, The Ensemble, Australian Dance Theatre, State Theatre Company of South Australia, West Australian Theatre Company, Hole in the Wall Theatre Company, Adelaide Festival Centre, Nimrod Theatre Company, West Australian Performing Arts Academy, Adelaide Festival, Magpie Theatre Company and Come Out Youth Arts Festival. Productions include The Rover (also for Sydney Festival), Much Ado About Nothing, The Glass Menagerie, Sweeney Todd, The Barber of Seville, The Fiery Angel, Capricornia, The Winter’s Tale, Macbeth The Hobbit and All My Sons.

Mark was in the creative design team for the Opening and Closing ceremonies for the DOHA Asian Games in 2006. In 2015 Mark designed the set and costumes for Aida, Opera Australia's Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour. 

Tara Gower

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Tara Gower

Choreographer

Tara Gower

Choreographer

Tara is a Yawuru woman from Broome with Aboriginal, Filipino, Irish and Spanish ancestry.

Tara joined Bangarra in 2006. Highlights for Tara include recently performing in India and Japan for the 2018 International Tour along with London, Paris and New York several times over the past 13 years. Along with returning to her home in Western Australia to perform for her family and being nominated in Dance Australia’s Critic Choice Awards as Dancer to Watch.

She created her first choreographic work Nala, for Bangarra’s Dance Clan 3 in 2013 which later returned to Country, performing in her hometown of Broome on Cable beach. Tara has also appeared in the film Bran Nue Dae (2010) and in Dan Sultan’s music video for Under Your Skin. Tara also has led Liyan Dance Workshops at Woodford Folk Festival for the last two years for children, adults and elderly. This cultural sharing combines Yawuru language in song, painting and weaving with contemporary indigenous dance. Tara believes growing up on Yawuru Country has given her the strength to pursue her dreams into reality.
Mark Howett

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Mark Howett

Lighting Designer

Mark Howett

Lighting Designer

Western Australian Mark Howett is a director for theatre, dance, opera and film, having started his career initially as a lighting designer. He studied Theatre Design, specialising in Lighting Design at the School of Drama 1981, Yale University. Since 1979, Mark Howett has worked with many international theatre, film, dance, and opera companies. He directed and conceived a dance theatre piece a German / Australian collaboration with the Farm “Good Little Soldier”. In 2005 he directed and co-wrote the ABC short film Gangu Mama as part of the Deadly Yarns initiative for the ABC. Recently he directed Kaya for Ochre Dance Company. West End Credits include: Evita 2014 Dominion Theatre, Cabaret 2012 Savoy Theatre, Three Days in May 2011 Trafalgar Studios,  A Country Girl 2010 Apollo Theatre. Dreamboats and Petticoats 2009 Savoy Theatre, A Daughter is a Daughter 2009 Trafalgar Studios. Awards: Robert Helpmann Award for Cloudstreet, Director: Neil Armfield, 2002, Lighting Design. Robert Helpmann Award as “Best Presented Concert“ for Kura Tunga, Australian Arts Orchestra, Lighting and Video for the production,  Greenroom Award 2006 Best Lighting Design for The Love of three Oranges, Opera Australia, Lighting Design. Greenroom Award 2009 for Roadkill, The Farm. Mark was Coordinator of the Lighting course at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University from 1996 to 2000 and he continues to teach there. He was the artistic director for Ochre Contemporary Dance Co from 2016 to 2019.
Michael Waters

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Michael Waters

Sound Designer

Michael Waters

Sound Designer

Michael Waters’ original sound designs include: Fangirls; Bran Nue Dae; Jekyl and Hyde; Muriel’s Wedding; Barnum; Mamma Mia! (2018); My Fair Lady; Dream Lover; Singin’ In The Rain; The Rabbits; Fiddler On The Roof; Anything Goes; Priscilla Queen of the Desert (world-wide); The King And I (2014 - Australia; 2007 – China / Asia); Hot Shoe Shuffle; Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage; Annie – The Musical; Doctor Zhivago (Australia / Korea); Dead Man Walking; Orpheus in The Underworld; Saturday Night Fever (2019 – Australia; 2015 Asia Tour; 2004 Australia / Asia / NZ); Dusty – The Original Pop Diva; ATOMIC – The Musical (Sydney / Off Broadway New York); Grease – The Arena Spectacular. As Associate Sound Designer: Disney’s The Lion King and Aladdin. His awards include: Helpmann Award for Best Sound Design; Muriel’s Wedding (2018); The King And I (2014); The Woman In Black (2007); Dusty – The Original Pop Diva (2006). Green Room Award for Best Sound Design; My Fair Lady (2017); Dirty Dancing (2005); Italy’s DAPA Award for Best Sound Design: Priscilla Queen Of The Desert (2012). As sound designer and mix engineer: Hugh Jackman’s Broadway To Oz; Anthony Warlow with Faith Prince; Placido Domingo; The Boy From Oz (1999 & 2006); The Magic of the Music with
Anthony Warlow and
Lesley Garrett. Prior to life in darkened theatres Michael toured both bland and exotic parts of the world with artists such as Phil Collins; Keith Richards & The X-Pensive Winos; Genesis; Pink Floyd; Mick Jagger, and Paul McCartney.
Michael Mavromatis

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Michael Mavromatis

Musical Director & Indigenous Advisor

Michael Mavromatis

Musical Director & Indigenous Advisor

Born in a sleepy pearling town of Broome known today as Rubibi by the original Yawuru inhabitants. Michael was born as Michael Manolis and has been known as that through most of his life, he was born to a Greek father and Yawuru Filipino mother. Michael is a speaker of the Yawuru language and now works part time with Nyamba Buru Yawuru restoring Yawuru language for future generations. Nyamba Buru Yawuru are the native title holders in and around the Broome township.

Michael is a musician who learnt guitar at the age of 14 when he attended the Christian Brothers College in the south west town of Albany. He learnt from the other aboriginal boys who boarded at the same place as he. Michael went on to form the Broome band Kuckles in 1980 with Jimmy Chi, Garry Gower, Patrick Bin Amat and Stephen Pigram. They attended the "Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music" at the Adelaide university in 1981-1982. In March 1982 they performed in Germany Koln for "Australia night".

Patrick Bin Amat

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Patrick Bin Amat

Musical Director

Patrick Bin Amat

Musical Director

Patrick Bin Amat or ‘Duttoo’ as he is known, is a Yawuru man from Broome.He grew up playing music in the backyard with family and friends. 

He is one of the original Kuckles band members and has played bass with them since 1980. They were the first Indigenous band to perform in Europe in Koln Leiderfestival in West Germany in the early 80s. He worked with Jimmy Chi on the original music, played in every performance of the Original Stage play and was also the Bass Player in the Movie. Duttoo went to Centre For Aboriginal Studies and Music (CASM) in Adelaide in 1981 – 1982 to learn more about music and create music with Jimmy Chi and Kuckles. He performed in the 1992 Festival of the Arts at Rorotonga in the Cook Islands. He has made a number of recordings with Musicians throughout the Kimberley, including Corrugation Road, Didj’un and Stephen ‘Bammba’ Alberts Bard album. These days he plays at different events but mainly plays music for family and friends.

Mia Brine

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Mia Brine

Keyboards

Mia Brine

Keyboards

Mia Brine is an award-winning pianist, vocalist, composer and clarinet/saxophonist. She graduated from WAAPA with a Bachelor of Performing Arts in classical clarinet and piano.

Mia has performed as Keyboard I – “Ghost” (Crown Theatre), “Novecento” with the West Australian Ballet Company and "The Nutcracker" with the West Australian Philharmonic Orchestra.  She played Keyboard II in the Perth season of “Jersey Boys” and has performed in over twenty professional musicals on saxophone, clarinet and flute and been musical director for seven shows in New York. 

In 2006 Mia worked with the New College Choir in Oxford, UK and had her choral composition 'Silent Weeping' recorded by jazz composer Ed Partyka and the Sunday Night Orchestra on his album ‘Overcast’. She also wrote/performed the score for the sell out show “The Good Thief” at the Blue Room Theatre and also the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Some of Mia's recent credits include the Perth season of the Australian Touring productions of "Grease", "Wicked", "Georgy Girl”, “Mamma Mia”, “Book of Mormon” and delivering musical theatre workshops in Shanghai.

Ben Ingvarson

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Ben Ingvarson

Drums

Ben Ingvarson

Drums

Ben Ingvarson has had an immense amount of experience in the Australian musical scene. He has drummed in ensembles and bands such as the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Victorian State School Spectacular, ABBA tribute band BABBA, and various small jazz ensembles. Playing with these high calibre ensembles has allowed Ben the opportunity to apply his skills in environments like the MCG, Melbourne Recital Centre, Hisense Arena and Melbourne Arts Centre, as well as the Stonnington, Melbourne International, Through the Ages and Wangaratta Jazz Festivals. He was also 1 of 5 students selected to participate in the Melbourne Recital Centre’s musical program ‘Accelerando’. Ben hopes to continue his passion and dedication to being a musician after his studies at Monash University, performing alongside outstanding artists and musicians.

Manny Mavromatis

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Manny Mavromatis

Lead Guitar

Manny Mavromatis

Lead Guitar

Born in Broome, growing up in and amongst the Bran New Dae and Kuckles family, Manny was influenced to develop a relationship with music from a young age. He began playing guitar in his teenage years and became involved in the Broome music scene. Manny spent time in Melbourne from 2009 to 2013 playing in local bands before returning to Broome to be a part of local projects such as the Saltwater Music Festival. He recently played guitar in The Shorebird Quest, a local Kimberley Theatre production. Manny feels privileged to have grown up around such raw and cathartic writers and musicians and is thrilled to give back to a special story.

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