On Saturday, March 24th, Curious Legends brought ‘Jack’s Place’ to the banks of the Throsby Creek. A collaboration between Curious Legends and the local Worimi community, ‘Jack’s Place’ was a celebration of local Aboriginal culture. Through dance, light, music, and storytelling, over 60 community participants joined professional performers from Curious Legends to bring this performance to life.
The story incorporated memories of Kelvin ‘Jack’ Dates, a Worimi man who is fondly remembered by his family – many of whom were present on the night.
In addition, participants from 5 primary schools were involved in the project’s creation through a series of workshops held directly at their schools. Many of our props were created in collaboration with indigenous participants and groups of children, then used by our community performers on the night. Schools involved were Carrington, Waratah West, Waratah, Fern Bay, and Glendore Public Schools.
Finally, a huge thank you to Port Waratah Coal Services, who solely funded this project. Without their input, none of this would have been possible.
Debbie Dates – Aboriginal artist
Warren Towers – Aboriginal maker & story contributions
Jay Quilan – Welcome to Country
Tammy Towers – Aboriginal dance and choreography
Bloodline Sista Girls – Aboriginal dancers
John Robinson – didgeridoo soundtrack
Zackari Watt – sound & production
Emmie Collins – making & puppetry
Conor Fox – making & animation
Georgia Wohlfiel – puppetry
Jill Waters – puppetry
Nashariah Reese – Puppetry
Mitchell Reese (Puppet) – Artistic Director, puppetry, & music