mulaka milaythina - The Hunting Ground
What an extraordinary experience this has been! My deep gratitude goes out to all my collaborators on this project -
Nunami Sculthorpe-Green who researched, wrote and narrated the very moving text of mulaka milaythina - The Hunting Ground.
Sarah Hamilton - dramaturge who worked with both of us to create and refine the work.
Stevie McEntee and Bec Varcoe, Cultural Officers at Clarence City Council who made not only this event happen but the entire Clarence Jazz Festival!
Festivals Australia which funded the commission and event production.
Oliver Cassidy, our very capable production manager.
And last but certainly not least, all the wonderful musicians who brought the music to life:
Tom Robb (dr), Hamish Houston (bs), Spike Mason (ten/alto sax), Joe Weller (tb), Erin Sherlock (tpt), Charlie McCarthy (vln), Andrea Breen (vla), Suzanne Turner (vln) and Alex Békés (vc).
It was a great privilege to be able to bring the story of the mumarimina people to a wider audience than those who might take the time to read about it in the few historical works that recount Tasmania's history from a non-colonial perspective. I look forward to being able to remount the work in the future so that the truth-telling might continue beyond Clarence, and even beyond Tasmania.