Soul of Possum
Something’s coming. Stick together to survive.
It’s 1853 on the Murray River: Wamba Wamba Country. A dire warning lands at Wirramanda’s feet. As a band of white strangers are led by a loose-cannon Captain deep into indigenous territory, Wirramanda and young warriors Dindi and Warru must rely on their instincts and one another to survive. Meanwhile, on board the paddle steamer that pursues them, will a split in the ranks rock the colonial boat?
Emerging playwright Brodie Murray (Wamba Wamba) draws on stories handed down from his grandfather and father to tell this historical thriller.
This performance is a presentation of Brodie’s debut play Soul of Possum, an exploration of the contrasting relationships that settlers and Blak peoples have with Country, ecology, leadership and spirituality.
Brodie Murray (Wamba Wamba)
Writer & Cast Member: Brodie Murray
Director: Beng Oh
Producer: Erica McCalman
Dramaturg/Mentor: Declan Furber Gillick
Sound Design: Ben Keene
Lighting Design and Stage Management: Shane Grant
Cast Member: Balaneba
Cast Member: Jyden Brailey
Cast Member: Kevin Dee
Cast Member: Luke Mason
Cast Member: Gabriel Partington
Cast Member: Leigh Scully
Contains themes of colonial violence and sexual assault, strong language, stage violence, weapons and firearms.
Please Note – This performance has a full lockout. Latecomers will not be admitted.
Commissioned by YIRRAMBOI Festival.
Presented by YIRRAMBOI Festival in association with Castlemaine State Festival.
Soul of Possum has received funding from Castlemaine State Festival, Sydney Myer Fund and City of Melbourne.