A co-production with Racing Pulse Productions & Riverside in association with STARTTS
Yarrie Bangura grew up in a camp in Guinea. She has recently finished her HSC. Aminata Conteh is from Sierra Leone. She is an ambassador for the UNHCR. Big Mama Rosemary Kariuki is from Kenya. She is a community leader and she knows how to live. Yordy Haile-Michael grew up in an army. She has four kids and lives in Lalor Park. They are one half of The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe and they would like to welcome you into their worlds.
In August on our Downstairs stage these marvellous women are going to 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 dancers 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. This is how they celebrate a new beginning in a land of refuge.
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.
Performers & Devisors
Eden Dessalegn, Lisa Viola
Writer & Director Ros Horin
Associate Director/Movement Lucia Mastrantone
Set Designer Dan Potra
Video Designer Mic Gruchy
Associate Designer & Costume Emma Kingsbury
Songwriter Aminata Doumbia
Musical Director & Composer Basil Hogios
Lighting Designer Nicholas Rayment
Sound Designer & additional music Steve Toulmin
Filmmaker Justine Kerrigan
Dramaturgs Yana Taylor, Natalia Savvides
Technical Programmer Phil Downing
Stage Manager Karen Faure
Assistant Stage Manager Gina Bianco
Producer Michelle Kotevski
Supported by actor-dancers Nancy Denis, Tariro Mavondo and Effie Nkrumah, the four women are untrained but natural performers. They have real presence.Jason Blake | The Sydney Morning Herald
The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe is a powerful, uplifting and humbling experience.Jo Litson | jolitson.com
Sheer entertainment packed into a political powerhouseDiana Simmonds | Stage Noise