Sydney Trip

On Monday Feburary 4th 2008 – Wednesday Feburary 6th 2008.

Big hART’s GOLD team went to Sydney to see a play called Ngapartji Ngapartji – held on Tuesday 5th Feb. Ngapartji Ngapartji is a Big hART project run in the Northern Territory.

Ngapartji Ngapartji explores themes of dispossession and displacement caused by being torn away from your home and family. Trevor Jamieson, who is the star of the play talks about what it was like for his family when european settlers came to this land 200 years ago.

The play is partly in English and partly in Pitjantjatjara (the tribal language in Spinnifex Country). This is to teach people the language of the tribe.

The play was absolutely amazing and has been a good inspiration for us to see what our project could be like when we finish.

The parts of the show I remember best were at the start of the show when Trevor and his family tought us some of the Pitjantjatjara language, then got us to sing the song, “Heads, shoulders, knees and toes”  in Pitjantjatjara. I felt this was really good because rather than just sitting down watching the show we were part of it, which made it more interesting.

I also remember they showed us a film about Trevor’s brother Jangala who has been to jail a few times. While the play  was on Jangala was at the back of the play in the darkness then came out at the end and sang with Trevor.

Overall I thought the play was absolutely amazing and would love to see another play like it. I hope that our project can reach out to people in the same way when we finish.

For more information about Ngapartji Ngapartji go to www.ngapartji.org

Thanks for reading
Robert Brewer

GOLD Participant.

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