'Big Brother' Writ Black11.12.2014
The audience at last night’s premiere of Black Border Theatre’s Black Brother was stoked, warm and supportive, thoroughly engaged and entertained according to company members.
Ensemble member, Isaiah Carney, said there was ‘lots of applause and laughter’ at Albury Wodonga’s HotHouse Theatre, home of the program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people.
The production, described as a funny and satirical take on the popular reality television show, Big Brother, shows what happens when six young Indigenous people are put in a house run by a figure that doesn’t quite understand their culture, and is described as a ‘satirical exploration of race, skin colour, culture and Aboriginal identity.’
Black Brother was developed by the ensemble. The performance development is part of the Black Border Theatre program aimed at developing theatre skills as well as the young people’s confidence and self-esteem.
Heading into its fourth year, the program has just received a $16,000 Regional Arts Fund grant from the Australian government.
Speaking to the regional daily newspaper, The Border Mail, HotHouse Theatre Associate director, Travis Dowling, said the money would help the program to grow and give performers greater access to professional artists.
The program involves weekly performance training and workshops with young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from the Albury Wodonga region work with Mr Dowling towards an end of year performance, with the group also working with leading Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists from around the country, and involves local partnerships.
Black Brother, part of the HotHouse InHouse program will be performed again tomorrow night at 7.30pm.