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2017 GAMAA FINALIST: Yugambeh Museum Language & Heritage Research Centre


FINALIST: Yugambeh Museum Language and Heritage Research Centre, Beenleigh forThe Bunyip Story

The Bunyip Story is a two-person theatrical play based on the Aboriginal stories and historical accounts of the Yugambeh language region in south-east Queensland, as a way of telling the land’s stories to connect generations and communities, and preserving them for ‘mobo jarjum’ (tomorrow’s children). The performance piece was produced in partnership with professional artists, Goat Track Theatre.

The content of the play – Bunyip stories from the Yugambeh language region – was determined through Aboriginal community consultation over the last fifteen years and research conducted by the Yugambeh Museum. The collaboration between professional artists, Goat Track Theatre, and community organisation, Yugambeh Museum, resulted in the development of a high-quality Aboriginal theatrical piece.

Utilising theatre as a storytelling platform, the Yugambeh Aboriginal community had the opportunity to share their local stories with audiences in the community and with the education sector. The production toured to local schools, and future regional and national touring opportunities are currently being explored.

Shaun Davies, Yugambeh Museum Language & Heritage Research Centre, Beenleigh Finalist of Projects: Organisations with Paid Staff category. Photo by Patria Jannides Photography.


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