Written & Directed by Scott Rankin
Key Performer & Co-creator Trevor Jamieson

  • Venue Upstairs Theatre
  • Dates 09 Jan- 10 Feb 2008

    Spinifex man Trevor Jamieson, his family, the Ngapartji Ngapartji Choir and some Pitjantjatjara elders and young people come to Belvoir St to share their story.

    For two thousand generations Trevor’s people lived in the Western Desert. Then the Spinifex nation found itself in the Cold War. Many were rounded up in cattle trucks and their traditional lands became a test site for British atomic weapons.

    Ngapartji Ngapartji means ‘I give you something, you give me something.’ This acclaimed show was a very special swap – a full-voiced, heart bursting exchange of language, culture, song, story and humour.

    We teamed up with Big hART and Sydney Festival to present this magnificent lament and celebration. Big hART is a groundbreaking arts and social change company, and they worked for eight years with over 250 people to make the show. Led by the lightfooted Trevor Jamieson and performed by an ensemble of Pitjantjatjara, Japanese, Greek, Indian and Anglo performers, Ngapartji Ngapartji unfolded across the continent and most of the last century in a riveting narrative of our common history.


    Written & Directed by Scott Rankin
    Key Performer & Co-creator Trevor Jamieson
    Musical Director Damian Mason
    Set and Costume Design Genevieve Dugard
    Lighting Design Neil Simpson
    Assistant Director Dani Powell
    Creative Producer Alex Kelly
    Filmmaker & Arts Mentor Suzy Bates
    Choir Coordinator & Musician Beth Sometimes
    Key Language & Culture Advisor & Teacher Lorna Wilson
    Choreographer Yumi Umiumare
    Shadow Imagery Richard Bradshaw
    AV System Design Olaf Meyer


    Jangala Jamieson
    Saira Luther
    Andrew MacGregor
    Pantjiti McKenzie
    Lex Marinos
    Julie Miller
    Beth Sometimes
    Yumi Umiumare
    Members of the Pitjantjatjara community & the Ngapartji Ngapartji Choir.

    Production images by Heidrun Lohr


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