Last week, Performing Lines WA presented an intimate showing of Black Brass, a new work-in-progress by Mararo Wangai.
During the first stage of creative development, Mararo conducted interviews with members of Perth’s Sudanese, Zimbabwean and Kenyan communities. With help from Dramaturgs Afeif Ismael and Matt Edgerton, Mararo used the collected stories to stitch together a narrative that speaks to the universal themes of resilience, love and loss as diasporic communities root themselves in new soils, and re-imagine their futures in foreign lands.
“We wanted to create something that was authentic from the very beginning.” said Associate Producer Zainab Syed.
“In order to do this, we partnered with the Centre for Stories, to help Mararo develop an interview methodology that would create a respectful and safe environment for all those who shared their stories with him.”