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Binno, an Aboriginal elder, once a member of a well-known community dance group, has been asked to present a series of traditional dances for a 26 January celebration. Pip, the organiser, has also booked Andy, a celebrated actor to read extracts from Captain Cook's diaries. Binno is unsure but his sister, the straight-talking Beenie (Venus), convinces him to teach the dances to Max, Charlie Boy and Brayden, three young men seeking connections with culture, country and their place in the world. These young men bring modern complexities to traditional ways and, as they learn the dances and understand their meanings, become part of Binno and Beenie's bigger plan.
Binno William McPherson
Beenie Marlene Cummins
Pip Jane Phegan
Andy Anthony Hunt
Max Googoorewon Knox
Brayden Isaiah Kennedy
Charley Boy Ken Weldon
Writer Nardi Simpson
Director Felix Cross
Producer Katrina Douglas
Executive Producer Vandana Ram
Production Manager Amber Silk
Video Designer Mic Gruchy
Visual Designer Lucy Simpson
Composer/Sound Designer James Henry
Lighting Designer Karen Norris
Stage Manager Frankie Clarke
Assistant Production Manager Emjay Matthews
Assistant Stage Manager Bianca Cruse
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander audiences are advised that Black Drop Effect may contain images and historic writings that may cause distress and offence.
Black Drop Effect occasionally contains strong language, which may be unsuitable for young people under 15 years. Parental guidance is recommended.
Black Drop Effect is an outdoor work performed in the courtyard at the Bankstown Arts Centre. Audiences are encouraged to dress appropriately.
The Centre is wheelchair accessible, including toilet facilities and a lift to all floors. The theatre has a hearing loop. Visitors with restricted mobility can enjoy all public spaces at the Arts Centre. Accessible parking is also available at Olympic Parade carpark. The closest accessible train station is Bankstown Train Station (5 minutes).
Black Drop Effect is proudly supported by Sydney Festival, the Federal Government through Indigenous Language and Arts, and the NSW Government through Create NSW
Bankstown Arts Centre is situated on Dharug Country. City of Canterbury Bankstown acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land and pays respect to Elders past, present and emerging.
Hero image designed by Lucy Simpson.