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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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

Howett has collaborated with many talented directors such as Neil Armfield, Gale Edwards, Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sharman, George Ogilvy and Francesca Zambello. Mark has designed the lighting for many productions that have toured extensively in Australia and overseas. “Cloudstreet”, which Howett won the Robert Helpmann Award for Lighting Design 2002, toured to New York at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, National Theatre London and The Kennedy Centre Washington, Zurich, and nationally in Australia. Mark designed the lighting for the Royal Opera at Convent Garden’s production of “Sweeney Todd”. Mark’s lighting for Opera Australia’s production of “For the Love of Three Oranges”, directed by Francesca Zambello, toured in 2007. Redesigning the set and Lighting Design of “Il Trovatore” for Opera Australia was a chance to work with the paintings of Sydney Nolan. Over the years Mark has made many collaborative pieces with traditional people from all over his country. In 2003 Mark designed the lighting for the international tour of “Crying Baby” for Stalker Theatre Company, working with the traditional people of Arnhem Land. Howett designed the lighting for Australian Ballet and Bangarra’s production of “Rites”, which was simulcast nationally on the Australian Broadcasting Commission, and toured to New York’s City Centre in 1999, also playing later at the Paris Opera House.
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 and Indigenous Advisor

Michael Mavromatis

Musical Director and 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

Assistant Musical Director

Patrick Bin Amat

Assistant 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.

Stephen Pigram

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Stephen Pigram

Assistant Musical Director

Stephen Pigram

Assistant Musical Director

Stephen Pigram is an Australian musician and songwriter. He has been a member of Kuckles, Scrap Metal and The Pigram Brothers. He worked with Alex Lloyd and Alan Pigram on the soundtrack of Mad Bastards, a film he co-produced with Brendan Fletcher, David Jowsey and Alan Pigram. He released a solo album, Wanderer in 2013. Pigram was a member of Kuckles with Jimmy Chi. The band co-created Chi's musicals Bran Nue Dae and Corrugation Road.

Along with his brothers Alan and Phillip, Pigram was a founding member of Scrap Metal. Together they toured nationally and released 4 albums before breaking up in 1995. Alan, Stephen and Phillip then joined up with their brothers David, Colin, Gavin and Peter to form The Pigram Brothers. They were nominated for an ARIA Music Award in 2012 for Best World Music Album and have released four albums. In 2006, along with Alan, he was inducted into the Western Australian Music Hall of Fame. He worked on the 2011 film Mad Bastard, coproducing with Brendan Fletcher and David Jowsey, and with Alex Lloyd he created the music for the film and on the soundtrack album. He received 2 AACTA Award nominations, an AFI Members' Choice Award and Best Film. An APRA Music Award nomination for Feature Film Score of the Year. An Inside Film Awards win for Inside Film Awards. An ARIA Music Award for Best Original Soundtrack, Cast or Show Album (with Lloyd and Alan Pigram).

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