Saltbush is a plant that can be found throughout Australia in almost all Aboriginal lands, and so it represents a common thread between all the different nations of Australian indigenous peoples. This shared idea acted as a point of inspiration for the narrative, contemporary painting, dance and instrumental music that were created by the Aboriginal artists in this production. These artistic forms were used as a means of interpreting the natural features of the landscape in an indigenous mythological context.

Through its sensor and infrared cameras, allows the children to interact, play and perform in the production and provides an immersive experience of the artwork. This also provides a unique experience for parents and teachers as they watch the children become involved.

The narrative centres on the journey of two friends and their spiritual guide on foot as they cross Australian landscapes – river country, an urban landscape, desert and the sea. The journey is one of discovering the land, growing an understanding and acknowledging how it challenges or provokes personal journeys.

TPO’s award winning artistry in multi-media theatre for young people is combined with the work of acclaimed professional Aboriginal artists Lou Bennett (music), Delwyn Mannix (visual art), Deon Hastie and Anna Balducci (choreography), Sasha Zahra (dramaturgy) under the artistic direction of Come Out director Jason Cross and TPO director Davide Venturini.

CREATIVE TEAM

Co-Artistic Directors Davide Venturini (Italy) & Jason Cross (Australia)
Dramaturgy Sasha Zahra (Australia)
Composer/Musician Lou Bennett (Australia/ Yorta Yorta/Dja Dja Wurrung)
Choreographer Deon Hastie (Australia/ Tjapukai) & Anna Balducci (Italy)
Dancer Rosealee Pearson (Australia/ Yolngu) Sani Townson (Australia-Saibai Koedal)
Narrator/Performer Jada Alberts(Australia/ Larrakia)
Visual Artist/Designer Delwyn Mannix (Australia/ Wangkangurru)
Visual Designer Elsa Mersi (Italy)
Technical Designer Rossano Monti (Italy)
Sound Designer Spartaco Cortesi (Italy)
TPO Manager Valentina Martini (Italy)

CURRENT DATES

Barking Gecko Theatre Company, State Theatre Centre of Western Australia, Perth | 
Albany Entertainment Centre, Albany
Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Mandurah
Margaret River Cultural & Events Centre, Margaret River
Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin
Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre, Katherine
Desert Harmony Festival, Tennant Creek
Manning Entertainment Centre, Taree
Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre, Bathurst
Shoulhaven Entertainment Centre, Nowra
Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith
Frankston Performing Arts Centre, Frankston
Geelong Performing Arts Centre, Geelong
Colac Otway Performing Arts and Cultural Centre, Colac

Touring nationally in 2017 through Blak Lines.

“…involving, engaging, theatrical magic that could and should play any theatre in the world.” Sunday Mail, Adelaide

“…enchanting and completely captivating for four-to-eight year olds and everyone else as well.” The Advertiser, Adelaide