BLACK BRASS

BLACK
BRASS

  • 6-23 Jan 22 Upstairs Theatre
  • 70 mins (No Interval)

BLACK
BRASS

By Mararo Wangai
Directed by Matt Edgerton
Produced by Performing Lines WA

  • Venue Upstairs Theatre
  • Dates 6-23 Jan 22
  • Duration 70 mins (No Interval)
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  • Content warning

    Coarse language, loud sound (siren) and cigarette smoking.

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Music. Memory. Hope. The lauded hit of Perth Festival, now in Sydney for a limited season.

Australia, today. In a small recording studio, a cleaner tries to tidy the mess left by careless musicians. As he cleans, a window opens onto his life – the pain of leaving his home, the alienation of living in a new land, his gratitude, his confusion, the beautiful mess of life. But simultaneously, on the other side of the glass, another man is recording music both joyous and heart-rending, songs of home, of love, of power.


Black Brass is a play of voyaging and discovery told through music and song that span a continent (Shangana, Swahili, Kikuyu, Xhosa, as well as English). Soulful, uplifting, it takes everyone in the room into the rich complexity of here and now.


Performed by the extraordinary Mararo Wangai, joined onstage by composer-musician Mahamudo Selimane, Black Brass was the hit of the 2021 Perth Festival, a piece that stimulates all the senses – and opens the heart.


This is just a gem. It’s worth it for the music alone, but there’s a moving and poignant play at work here too. Mararo and Mahamudo have astonishing presence. Come and see. – Eamon

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TEAM

  • Mararo Wangai
    Creator, Writer and Performer
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    Mararo Wangai is a Kenyan-born writer, performer and media graduate, with a passionate interest in diverse forms of storytelling. His work strives to avoid simplistic narratives, assess society critically and tries to remain adaptive, organic and alive through its development, until the eventual encounter with an audience. He is attracted to stories that deal with […]

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  • Matt Edgerton
    Director and Co-Creator
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    Matt is an Australian theatre director with a diverse body of work including contemporary and classical shows across a range of forms, styles and scales, cross-cultural collaborations, work for audiences of all ages and theatre projects promoting social development. For Perth Festival Matt was the director/dramaturg of the AWGIE award-winning A Ghost In My Suitcase […]

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  • Cast

  • Mahamudo Selimane
    Trumpet
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    Mahamudo is a musician, singer, songwriter and composer from Mozambique before migrating to Australia in 2004. Member of many bands within and beyond Perth, Mahamudo has performed and toured in festivals around Europe, Africa and Australia, including Perth International Arts Festival in 2002 with his band Eyuphuro, his first visit down under. Black Brass is […]

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  • Mararo Wangai
    Sleeper
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    Mararo Wangai is a Kenyan-born writer, performer and media graduate, with a passionate interest in diverse forms of storytelling. His work strives to avoid simplistic narratives, assess society critically and tries to remain adaptive, organic and alive through its development, until the eventual encounter with an audience. He is attracted to stories that deal with […]

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  • Creatives

  • Zoë Atkinson
    Set and Costume Designer
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    Zoë Atkinson studied Scenography at The Prague Academy of The Performing Arts, The International Institute of Figurative Theatre (Czech Republic), and at the Institute International de la Marionette in France, under Josef Svoboda. Since returning to Australia in 1997 she has designed for theatre, dance, puppetry, opera and museums. Most recent works include Cloudstreet and […]

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  • Afeif Ismail
    Dramaturg
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    Afeif Ismail is an internationally published poet and playwright from Sudan whose works have been translated into German, Spanish and Swedish. He has published eight books of poetry and short stories in Arabic, and seven books in English. His work has been recognized nationally through winning awards and nominations including winning the Naji Naaman’s Literary […]

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  • Lucy Birkinshaw
    Lighting Designer
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    Lucy Birkinshaw is a lighting designer and artist whose work spans theatre, musical theatre, concerts, opera, dance, film and television. She graduated from the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts with an Advanced Diploma of Lighting Design for Production and Performance and Curtin University with a Bachelor of Art, Fine Arts. Lucy has designed lighting […]

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  • Mahamudo Selimane
    Musician and Composer
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    Mahamudo is a musician, singer, songwriter and composer from Mozambique before migrating to Australia in 2004. Member of many bands within and beyond Perth, Mahamudo has performed and toured in festivals around Europe, Africa and Australia, including Perth International Arts Festival in 2002 with his band Eyuphuro, his first visit down under. Black Brass is […]

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  • Sisonke Msimang
    Script Editor
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    Sisonke Msimang is the author of Always Another Country: A memoir of exile and home. She is a South African writer whose work is focused on race, gender and democracy. She has written for a range of international publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Newsweek and Al Jazeera.

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  • Tim Collins
    Sound Designer
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    Tim Collins is a sound designer, composer, musician, technician and tour manager. He has worked in the entertainment industry since 2001 involved in performance and logistics for theatre, festivals, concert and studio production, musical theatre and live broadcast. Tim has been a mentor at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts since 2006. Show credits […]

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  • Zainab Syed
    Script Editor and Original Creative Producer
  • Niwa Mburuja
    Community Engagement Coordinator
  • Wanyika Mshila
    Community Engagement Coordinator
Performing Lines WA Production images by Christophe Canato