Australian actor and TV presenter Ernie Dingo (pictured) will reprise the role of Uncle Tadpole that he first performed 30 years ago, when the musical Bran Nue Dae, written by Jimmy Chi in collaboration with the band Kuckles, embarks on its 30th Anniversary tour in 2020.
Recognised as a National Living Treasure, Dingo has had an accomplished acting career spanning more than four decades. He first performed the role of the wily Uncle Tadpole in the original 1990 tour of Bran Nue Dae and again in the 2009 film adaptation of the musical.
The revival will have a real family flare with up to three generations involved. Original Kuckles member Stephen Pigram will once again tour as part of the band, this time with his daughters Naomi and Ngaire as the Associate Director and the role of Aunty Theresa respectively. Their children Taj, Tehya and Bojesse will be in the ensemble. Fellow Kuckles member and the show’s Indigenous Advisor Michael Mavromatis will be joined in the band by his son Manny.
Australian singer/songwriter Marcus Corowa will star as Willie, a runaway teenager trying to make his way home to Broome and the girl he left behind. An award winning entertainer, Corowa is no stranger to the stage with credits to his name including Beautiful: The Carol King Musical and Sydney Theatre Company’s production of The Secret River.
Theatre newcomer and Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts graduate Teresa Moore will make her musical debut as Willie’s love interest, Rosie.
Rounding out the principal cast will be Andrew Moran as Father Benedictus, Tuuli Narkle as Marijuana Annie and Callan Purcell as Slippery. A range of young Australian talent, many of whom will be making their professional debut, will make up the ensemble.
The fifteen-strong cast will start rehearsals in Broome this December before touring the production across Australia. The show will open in Parramatta in January, and will visit Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Adelaide.
Tour Dates: Parramatta: Riverside Theatres, from 16 January. Presented by Opera Australia and Sydney Festival.
Perth: Regal Theatre, from 6 February. Presented by West Australian Opera and Perth Festival.
Melbourne: Comedy Theatre, from 12 June .
Brisbane: Playhouse, QPAC from 24 July. Presented by Opera Queensland and QPAC.
Canberra: Canberra Theatre, from 11 August.
Adelaide: Her Majesty’s Theatre, from 19 August.
An Opera Conference production
Bookings : https://brannuedaemusical.com.au/