Bran Nue Dae is a beloved West Australian story and the Jimmy Chi-penned classic is set to make a highly-anticipated return to Perth this February in a new production featuring legendary actor Ernie Dingo. To celebrate the homecoming of this cherished work, West Australian Opera and acclaimed restaurant Wildflower have collaborated on an exclusive dining event.
To be held on Monday 3 February, Stories and Storytellers will be an intimate dinner that celebrates Western Australia’s heritage, history, native produce, stories and storytellers.
To coincide with the thirtieth anniversary of the original Bran Nue Dae, Stories and Storytellers will include an exclusive Q + A discussion between original Bran Nue Dae star Ernie Dingo, who is reprising his iconic role of Uncle Tadpole in this year’s production, and Associate Director Naomi Pigram, whose father Stephen Pigram is one of the original Kuckles band members who co-wrote the show’s musical numbers.
Dingo and Pigram will discuss their memories and connection to the ground-breaking production which was the first ever Aboriginal musical. The two will also share their experiences working with Jimmy Chi and discuss the significance of the work which, 30 years after its debut, remains full of humanity and humour and still has a relevant social message.
This intimate event will include a specially curated menu from Wildflower Head Chef, Matthew Sartori, who will combine the artistry of storytelling with the signature culinary artistry of Wildflower.
“What excites me most about involvement in this event is showcasing the amazing native ingredients we are fortunate enough to work with,” says Sartori. “The inspiration behind the menu was not only to showcase what ingredients I feel are at the best at the moment, but also combine dishes and preparations we have served in the past with some we are currently developing in the kitchen.”
Among the native ingredients to be showcased on the menu are Geraldton wax, strawberry gum and quandongs which were foraged by Sartori’s father from his hometown of Kalgoorlie.
Bookings for Stories and Storytellers can be made at West Australian Opera’s website. Tickets are $250 per person or $300 per person with matching premium Voyager wines. Part proceeds will support West Australian Opera to tour Bran Nue Dae to the Kimberley region in 2020.
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