Winner of two 2010 Sydney Theatre Awards
Best New Australian Work (Scott Rankin)
Best Newcomer (Derek Lynch)
Elea was born in the desert in Arrernte country, Central Australia, in 1902. Two years later he was baptised Albert. Thirty one years after that, at his first solo exhibition of watercolour landscapes, he signed his work with his father’s surname for the first time: Albert Namatjira.
Half a century after his death, Belvoir and Big hART have invited some of his descendants – third generation watercolour artists – to spend six weeks filling the Belvoir St corner with a huge drawing of Namatjira’s country. Each night as they draw, the charismatic Trevor Jamieson will retell Namatjira’s extraordinary life.
At the height of his fame, Albert Namatjira’s shows sold out within minutes. If you didn’t own one of his paintings you probably had a print in your loungeroom. He also supported over six hundred members of his community, lost two of his ten children to malnutrition, was forbidden to own land, imprisoned for having a drink with his friends, and died a broken man.
Trevor of the creative forces behind Ngapartji Ngapartji in 2008. They’ve teamed up with our own powerhouse Wayne Blair to create this whole-hearted tribute to a great Australian artist and a great Aranda man.
By Scott Rankin
Co-Directors Scott Rankin & Wayne Blair
Set Designer Genevieve Dugard
Costume Designer Tess Schofield
Lighting Designer Nigel Levings
Composer & Music Director Genevieve Lacey
Sound Designer Jim Atkins
Creative Producer Sophia Marinos
Associate Producer Clare Atkins
Community Producers Sia Cox & Pru Gell
Assistant Lighting Designer Christopher Page
Sound Operator Nick Shipway
Stage Manager Luke McGettigan
Assistant Stage Manager Jessica Smithett
We rose to applaud Namatjira without hesitation … brought to our feet by this generous and enlightening production …Jason Blake | The Sydney Morning Herald
Jamieson’s is a great virtuoso performance channelling Namatjira into the 21st century.John McCallum | The Australian
Enthralling storytelling, wonderful performances; laugh, cry, marvel and be sad and proud for a great Australian.Diana Simmonds | Stage Noise