Jurrungu Ngan-ga (Straight Talk)

About the production

Jurrungu Ngan-ga (Straight Talk) deploys Marrugeku’s renowned culturally and community informed dance theatre to address local and global issues of the fear of cultural difference. Inspired by Yawuru leader Patrick Dodson’s proposal: “because we lack the ability to straight talk to one another about cultural difference, fear grows in each generation, holding community and society back in multiple ways”, Jurrungu Ngan-ga addresses alarming statistics which reveal Aboriginal Australians as proportionately the most incarcerated peoples in the world and responds to firsthand descriptions of life inside the Manus Island detention centre. Through choreography, voice, cultural perspectives and installation art Marrugeku investigates that which we wish to lock away, to put behind walls and to isolate. Featuring an outstanding cast who draw on their intersecting experiences within multiple marginalised communities, (Aboriginal, immigrant, refugee and transgender) Jurrungu Ngan-ga creates a searing and at times humorous portrayal of the fear of fear itself.

Jurrungu Ngan-ga (Straight Talk) deploys Marrugeku’s renowned culturally and community informed dance theatre to address local and global issues of the fear of cultural difference. Inspired by Yawuru leader Patrick Dodson’s proposal: “because we lack the ability to straight talk to one another about cultural difference, fear grows in each generation, holding community and society back in multiple ways”, Jurrungu Ngan-ga addresses alarming statistics which reveal Aboriginal Australians as proportionately the most incarcerated peoples in the world and responds to firsthand descriptions of life inside the Manus Island detention centre. Through choreography, voice, cultural perspectives and installation art Marrugeku investigates that which we wish to lock away, to put behind walls and to isolate. Featuring an outstanding cast who draw on their intersecting experiences within multiple marginalised communities, (Aboriginal, immigrant, refugee and transgender) Jurrungu Ngan-ga creates a searing and at times humorous portrayal of the fear of fear itself.

  • Creative Team

    CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM

    Direction Rachael Swain

    Choreography Dalisa Pigram with the performers

    Dramaturgy Hildegard de Vuyst

    Music/sound design Sam Serruys

    Scenic design Abdul-Rahman Abdullah

    Lighting design Damien Cooper

    Costume design
    Andrew Treloar

    Lyrics Beni ‘Bjah’ Hasler

    Co-devising performers Emmanuel James Brown, Luke Currie-Richardson, Issa El Assaad, Zachery Lopez, Bhenji Ra, Feras Shaheen, Miranda Wheen and Chandler Connell

    CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM

    Direction Rachael Swain

    Choreography Dalisa Pigram with the performers

    Dramaturgy Hildegard de Vuyst

    Music/sound design Sam Serruys

    Scenic design Abdul-Rahman Abdullah

    Lighting design Damien Cooper

    Costume design
    Andrew Treloar

    Lyrics Beni ‘Bjah’ Hasler

    Co-devising performers Emmanuel James Brown, Luke Currie-Richardson, Issa El Assaad, Zachery Lopez, Bhenji Ra, Feras Shaheen, Miranda Wheen and Chandler Connell