The Baulkham Hills
African Ladies Troupe

Writer & Director Ros Horin

  • Venue National & International Venues
  • Dates 18 Feb – 29 March 2015
  • Duration 90 mins, (no interval)

    A co-production with Racing Pulse Productions & Riverside in association with STARTTS. Tour produced by Performing Lines.

    The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe is a celebration of women, human rights, laughter and resilience (with a bit of sage advice on hair care). In 2013 they mesmerised audiences both at Riverside Theatres then here at Belvoir. In 2015 they toured the UK and also had a return season in Sydney.

    Yarrie Bangura lost her childhood to civil war. She grew up in a refugee camp in Guinea. Now she is a writer and uni student, with big plans. Aminata Conteh is from Sierra Leone, kidnapped by rebels when she was just seventeen. Now she is an ambassador for the United Nation’s Refugee Agency. Big Mama Rosemary Kariuki fled her life in Kenya, looking for a new start. Now, a community leader, a ‘living national treasure’, she knows how to live. Yordy Haile-Michael grew up in the Eritrean army. She is now the loving mother of four amazing kids and discovering her own dreams. They are one half of The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe and they would like to welcome you into their worlds.

    These marvellous women turn their extraordinary stories of survival into a joyous theatre of humanity. But this is not just a show about what’s happened to the ladies. With the help of other African women – singers and actors – they are going to take this great opportunity to be who they want, say what they want, and become as amazing as they can be. This is how they celebrate a new beginning in a land of refuge.

    Performers & Devisors

    The Women
    Yarrie Bangura
    Aminata Conteh-Biger
    Yordanos Haile-Michael
    Rosemary Kariuki-Fyfe

    The Actors
    Nancy Denis
    Imat Akelo-Opie
    Effie Nkrumah

    The Singer & Songwriter
    Aminata Doumbia


    Writer & Director Ros Horin
    Associate Director/Movement Lucia Mastrantone
    Set Designer Dan Potra
    Video Designer Mic Gruchy
    Associate Designer & Costume Emma Kingsbury
    Musical Director Basil Hogios
    Lighting Designer Nicholas Rayment
    Sound Designer & additional music Steve Toulmin
    Filmmaker  Justine Kerrigan
    Dramaturgs Yana Taylor, Natalia Savvides
    Technical Programmer Phil Downing
    Original Producer Michelle Kotevski
    Tour Producer Pippa Bailey
    Tour Production Manager Tom Warneke
    Stage Manager Tanya Leach
    Assistant Stage Manager Gina Bianco

    Program (Belvoir 2013 Season)

    Production images by Heidrun Lohr
    Production Parramatta Season images by Lia Tomasetti

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