y Ngapartji Ngapartji single work   drama  
Alternative title: Ngapartji Ngapartji one
Note: In productions and publications of this play, Trent Jamieson is credited as key performer / co-creator and Scott Rankin as writer / director.
Issue Details: First known date: 2005 2005
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AbstractHistoryArchive Description

'Ngapartji Ngapartji' traces the true story of one of the world's oldest nations - the Spinifex people - and their encounter with the Cold War and particularly the British atomic testing at Maralinga.

Notes

  • 'Each night of the five night pilot season, audiences will be taught a little more of the Pitjantjatjara language. After each lesson a short excerpt of the story is performed. Each evening's performance is stand alone, but undertaken sequentially over the five sessions you will learn more of the language and experience a richer understanding of this exceptional story.' Source: www.acmi.net.au (Sighted 09/08/2007).
  • Master storyteller Trevor Jamieson weaves this global narrative in his native tongue, Pitjantjatjara.
  • The play's website contains detailed information about various productions, including crew members: http://www.ngapartji.org/ (Sighted: 11/08/2015)

Production Details

  • First presented as a work in progress by Big hART, Melbourne International Arts Festival, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, and Sydney Opera House, 11-15 October 2005. Director: Scott Rankin. World premiere at the Fairfax Studio, Victorian Arts Centre, as part of the 2006 Melbourne International Arts Festival, 12 October 2006.
  • The production has since been performed at the Araluen Centre, Alice Springs, the Sydney Opera House, the 2007 Perth International Arts Festival and the 2008 Sydney Festival and Company B at Belvoir Street Theatre.
  • A revised version, Ngapartji Ngapartji one first performed at the Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, 25 - 28 July 2012.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 2005
Language: Aboriginal Pitjantjatjara , English

Works about this Work

Long Slog to Redemption Matthew Westwood , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 29 April 2014; (p. 14)

— Review of Ngapartji Ngapartji Scott Rankin 2005 single work drama
Indigeneity, Time and The Cosmopolitics of Postcolonial Belonging in the Atomic Age Helen Gilbert , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Interventions : International Journal of Postcolonial Studies , vol. 15 no. 2 2013; (p. 195-210)
'This essay canvasses theatrical renditions of time, mobility and belonging in Marie Clements' 'Burning Vision' (2002) and Trevor Jamieson and Scott Rankin's 'Ngapartji Ngapartji' (2005), each dealing with the social and environmental legacies of the Atomic Age in remote indigenous homelands in Canada and Australia, respectively. The plays situate local memories within the currents of global history by delivering intimate yet epic accounts of the effects of nuclear industrialization on land, water, species and human communities. Drawing from Tim Ingold's theorizations of dwelling and Nigel Clark's recent work on the geological scales of cosmpolitanism, I explore ways in which performances of mobility and intercultural connectedness in these theatrical works articulate with conventional notions of indigeneity as a marker of rootedness or belonging to particular geographical spaces.' (Author's abstract)
Memories of Atomic Horror Diana Streak , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 14 July 2012; (p. 8-9)
Mesmerising, Moving Story of Dislocation Glenn Burns , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 28 July 2012; (p. 24)

— Review of Ngapartji Ngapartji Scott Rankin 2005 single work drama
New and Liquid Modernities in the Regions of Australia: Reading Ngurrumilmarrmiriyu [Wrong Skin] Denise Varney , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , no. 58 2011; (p. 212-227)
'Story-telling, autobiography, documentary and musical theatre are some of the ways in which Indigenous artists and theatre companies critique decades of invasion, dispossession, misrepresentation and silencing. Since the 1960s, Indigenous theatre and performance have represented diverse urban and regional perspectives on important historical and contemporary issues - especially the Stolen Generation, deaths in custody and land rights. These issues relate to the forced removal of "light-skinned‟ Aboriginal children from their families from the late nineteenth century until the 1970s, the disproportionate number of Indigenous deaths in police custody relative to the Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations, and Indigenous claims for the recognition of prior occupation of the land and the award of Native Title. More recently, the impact of British nuclear testing at Maralinga in outback South Australia is explored in a new work, Ngapartji Ngapartji, that situates Indigenous experience within the wider context of the bombing of Hiroshima and the Cold War-led nuclear arms race of the 1950s and 1960s. Maryrose Casey and Helena Grehan have published thoughtful and challenging essays on the new political and aesthetic terrain uncovered in this performance. Ngapartji Ngapartji's linking of Maralinga and Hiroshima signifies a shift from a national to a more global perspective that is also reflected in the multi-cultural characters and cast. Critiques of the policies and practices of successive state and national governments give way in this work to a more international perspective reflecting the globalising forces of the contemporary era. The recent engagement with the global intensifies in two new Indigenous works at the 2010 Adelaide Festival: Tony Briggs' The Sapphires, a multi-cultural cast play which tells the story of an Indigenous "Motown‟ singing group that entertains the troops in Vietnam in the late 1960s, and Ngurrumilmarrmiriyu [Wrong Skin], which deals with global entertainment culture including hip-hop and Bollywood. By drawing out the global influences in Ngurrumilmarrmiriyu [Wrong Skin], this article discusses the issues of modernity, digital media, globalisation and identity in contemporary Indigenous theatre that look beyond the nation to the new horizons of the global.' Denise Varney.
Aboriginal Performance : Politics, Empathy and the Question of Reciprocity Helena Grehan , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , April no. 56 2010; (p. 38-52)
All the Drama of Episodes from an Artist's Life Nicolas Rothwell , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 10 September 2010; (p. 17)
form y Nothing Rhymes with Ngapartji Scott Rankin , Devonport : Big hArt , 2010 Z1778526 2010 single work film/TV 'Nothing Rhymes with Ngapartji, follows the journey of acclaimed Pitjantjatjara actor, Trevor Jamieson, as he returns to his traditional country to perform his hit theatre show - 'Ngapartji Ngapartji' - to an all-Indigenous audience, in the remote Australian aboriginal community of Ernabella, South Australia.
Trevor has struggled to hold onto language and culture while living away from his traditional country. 'Ngapartji Ngapartji' is a live theatre performance in two languages. But usually the audience is fluent in English not Pitjantjatjara. 2500km from the recent 5 weeks sell-out Sydney Festival season, against the magnificent backdrop of Australia's central desert Trevor is preparing to face his toughest audience yet.
The film follows the Ngapartji Ngapartji team's journey to Ernabella and performance of their acclaimed show in situ. It is terrible timing for Trevor; whose father, a central character in the stage show, passed away only weeks before. Not only does Trevor have to confront his grief in order to deliver the performance, in doing so he has to grapple with the decision to risk breaking traditional law by saying his father's name, acting the part of him, and showing footage of him as part of the show. Is Trevor going to get a knock on the head?

Trevor's family story is one of struggle & survival. Beginning in the 1950's Trevor's grandfather witnessed British atomic testing spread sickness throughout his land; the performance follows three generations of an Aboriginal family as they grapple with becoming refugees in their own country. Elders in Ernabella have their own memories of the Maralinga bombs, and Trevor knows that the Ngapartji Ngapartji show will be a potent reminder of what people have not talked about for a long time. As excitement builds amongst the company and the community about performing for an indigenous audience in Ernabella, so too the trepidation builds in Trevor, as he fears the consequences of performing a story so close to his own heart. Will Trevor's resolve be his own undoing?' Source: www.nothingrhymeswithngapartji.com/ Sighted 13/05/2011).
Ngapartji Ngapartji Beth Sometimes , 2010 single work essay
— Appears in: Ngoonjook , no. 35 2010; (p. 19-25)
'When I speak Pitjantjatjara, I am able to get across strong messages, from my spirit. In our own language, we speak with confidence, absolutely speaking from the spirit. Like sometimes we attend meetings and we speak entirely in Pitjantjatjara, forthrightly. I think to myself in meetings, 'I want to speak in Pitjantjatjara - because it is likely that if I speak in English my message will be weak'.' (Abstract)
Play Star A Winner 2009 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 28 January no. 443 2009; (p. 55)
'The accolades continue to roll in for the Aboriginal play Ngapartji Ngapartji, with one of its stars winning a mjaor honour at the 2008 Sydney Theatre Awards.' (Koori Mail 28/01/2009)-
State by State: N. T. Pru Gell , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: Lowdown , April vol. 31 no. 2 2009; (p. 28)
Provides an overview of new productions, events, workshops and industry information for young people in the theatre and performing arts in the Northern Territory during 2009.
Indigenous Works A Highlight Of Sydney Festival 2008 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 13 February no. 419 2008; (p. 48)
Producer With Big Heart Wins 2008 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 23 April no. 424 2008; (p. 42)
A non-Indigenous arts worker, Alex Kelly has been honoured for her work on the Pitjantjatjara language and arts protject Ngapartji Ngapartji. Kelly was awarded the Kirk Robson Young Leader Award. (Koori Mail 23/04/2008)
Alex Processes the Big Picture 2008 single work column
— Appears in: Artery , Autumn no. 6 2008; (p. 13)
Saving The Languages 'First Step' 2008 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 13 August no. 432 2008; (p. 43)
National Languages Policy Urged 2008 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 8 October no. 436 2008; (p. 39)
'Founders of a ground-breaking online Indigenous language program and touring theatre performance have called for the Federal Government to urgently introduce a national Indigenous langauges policy.' (Koori Mail 8/10/2008)
Big hArt's Ngapartji Ngapartji Pru Gell , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: Lowdown , October vol. 30 no. 5 2008; (p. 30)
State by State: N. T. Pru Gell , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: Lowdown , April vol. 30 no. 2 2008; (p. 44)
Provides an overview of news, events, opportunities and industry information for young people in the performing arts in the Northern Territory during 2008.
Big hART's Ngapartji Ngapartji Pru Gell , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: Lowdown , August vol. 30 no. 4 2008; (p. 38)
From late September into October 2008, the Ngapartji Ngapartji stage production will be touring Ernabella community in SA, Alice Springs and Darwin.
A Rare, Compelling Gift from Spinifex Country Stephen Dunne , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 12-13 January 2008; (p. 17)

— Review of Ngapartji Ngapartji Scott Rankin 2005 single work drama
Cultural Lessons Revealed in Tale of Injustice John Slavin , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 16 October 2006; (p. 15)

— Review of Ngapartji Ngapartji Scott Rankin 2005 single work drama
Forgotten Refugees at Home Miriam Cosic , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 19 October 2006; (p. 42)

— Review of Ngapartji Ngapartji Scott Rankin 2005 single work drama
Language Rohan Trollope , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 22 April 2006; (p. 4)

— Review of Ngapartji Ngapartji Scott Rankin 2005 single work drama
Warning: Show Contains a Language Surprise Patrick Donovan , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 10 October 2005; (p. 8)

— Review of Ngapartji Ngapartji Scott Rankin 2005 single work drama
The Art of Language Flora Liveras , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Northern Territory News , 29 September 2005; (p. 30)

— Review of Ngapartji Ngapartji Scott Rankin 2005 single work drama
Maralinga Tale Told Stephen Johnson , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Northern Territory News , 11 September 2005; (p. 12)

— Review of Ngapartji Ngapartji Scott Rankin 2005 single work drama
A Rare, Compelling Gift from Spinifex Country Stephen Dunne , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 12-13 January 2008; (p. 17)

— Review of Ngapartji Ngapartji Scott Rankin 2005 single work drama
Refugee in His Own Country Jason Blake , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 13 January 2008; (p. 20)

— Review of Ngapartji Ngapartji Scott Rankin 2005 single work drama
Firm Grip in Power and Grace Frank McKone , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 17 January 2008; (p. 8)

— Review of Ngapartji Ngapartji Scott Rankin 2005 single work drama
Ngapartji Ngapartji Margaret Smith , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 30 January no. 418 2008; (p. 46)

— Review of Ngapartji Ngapartji Scott Rankin 2005 single work drama
'Trevor Jamieson and his people of the spinifex plains south-west of Alice Springs have created a dramatic gift to the nation, and Sydney audiences are eagerly lapping it up. (Koori Mail) 30/01/2008
Untitled James Waites , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Lowdown , April vol. 30 no. 2 2008; (p. 54-55)

— Review of Ngapartji Ngapartji Scott Rankin 2005 single work drama
Mesmerising, Moving Story of Dislocation Glenn Burns , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 28 July 2012; (p. 24)

— Review of Ngapartji Ngapartji Scott Rankin 2005 single work drama
Long Slog to Redemption Matthew Westwood , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 29 April 2014; (p. 14)

— Review of Ngapartji Ngapartji Scott Rankin 2005 single work drama
Acting Locally, Thinking Creatively Victoria Laurie , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 12 February 2007; (p. 18)
Ngapartji Ngapartji Heads to Perth 2006 single work review
— Appears in: National Indigenous Times , 21 September vol. 5 no. 114 2006; (p. 31)
Sliced and Diced - The Skill of Namatjira's Grandson Emily Dunn , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 1 November 2006; (p. 3)
Grandson of Albert Namatjira (q.v.), Elton Wirri's desert landscapes form the backdrop for 'Ngapartji Ngapartji.'
White Australia Talking the Talk, if not Walking the Walk Larry Schwartz , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 13 October 2006; (p. 17)
Man From the Spinifex Mob Helps You to Learn His Language Online Larry Schwartz , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 20 April 2006; (p. 9)
Now You're Talking ... Pitjantjatjara Victoria Laurie , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 12 September 2005; (p. 16)
Cultural Exchange 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Northern Territory News , 6 April 2006; (p. 24)
Explosion of Indigenous Talent Lights up the Stage Matthew Westwood , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 8 October 2007; (p. 8)
When the Bombs Dropped Clara Iaccarino , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 20 December 2007; (p. 11)
Desert Theatre City Bound 2007 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 5 December no. 415 2007; (p. 52)
'This first full-length season of the stage show to visit Sydney is one component of a larger project between arts and social change company Big hART and the Pitjantjatjara community, which 'offers all Australians the opportunity to participate in a rare and intimate exchange of language and culture'. (Koori-Mail 5/12/2007)
Indigenous Works A Highlight Of Sydney Festival 2008 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 13 February no. 419 2008; (p. 48)
Producer With Big Heart Wins 2008 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 23 April no. 424 2008; (p. 42)
A non-Indigenous arts worker, Alex Kelly has been honoured for her work on the Pitjantjatjara language and arts protject Ngapartji Ngapartji. Kelly was awarded the Kirk Robson Young Leader Award. (Koori Mail 23/04/2008)
Alex Processes the Big Picture 2008 single work column
— Appears in: Artery , Autumn no. 6 2008; (p. 13)
Saving The Languages 'First Step' 2008 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 13 August no. 432 2008; (p. 43)
National Languages Policy Urged 2008 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 8 October no. 436 2008; (p. 39)
'Founders of a ground-breaking online Indigenous language program and touring theatre performance have called for the Federal Government to urgently introduce a national Indigenous langauges policy.' (Koori Mail 8/10/2008)
Big hArt's Ngapartji Ngapartji Pru Gell , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: Lowdown , October vol. 30 no. 5 2008; (p. 30)
Play Star A Winner 2009 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 28 January no. 443 2009; (p. 55)
'The accolades continue to roll in for the Aboriginal play Ngapartji Ngapartji, with one of its stars winning a mjaor honour at the 2008 Sydney Theatre Awards.' (Koori Mail 28/01/2009)-
State by State: N. T. Pru Gell , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: Lowdown , April vol. 30 no. 2 2008; (p. 44)
Provides an overview of news, events, opportunities and industry information for young people in the performing arts in the Northern Territory during 2008.
Big hART's Ngapartji Ngapartji Pru Gell , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: Lowdown , August vol. 30 no. 4 2008; (p. 38)
From late September into October 2008, the Ngapartji Ngapartji stage production will be touring Ernabella community in SA, Alice Springs and Darwin.
State by State: N. T. Pru Gell , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: Lowdown , April vol. 31 no. 2 2009; (p. 28)
Provides an overview of new productions, events, workshops and industry information for young people in the theatre and performing arts in the Northern Territory during 2009.

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