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Issue Details: First known date: 2009 2009
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'She was Oodgeroo, Custodian of Minjerribah and senior lore woman of the Noonuccal people. In November 1974, a BOAC aircraft was hijacked in Dubai by Palestinian terrorists.

The aircraft was flown to Tunisia and held on the tarmac for three days. Kath Walker, member of the steering committee for the 2nd World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture meeting in Nigeria, and later to be Oodgeroo Noonuccal, was on that plane. Walker pleaded with the hijackers on behalf of the passengers, particularly a German banker who had been targeted for execution. Despite Walker's efforts, the German was shot and his body dumped on the tarmac.

This traumatic event, and her regret at her inability to save the man's life, stayed with Kath Walker throughout her life. Oodgeroo's way was negotiation, but her son's was armed struggle.

In Brisbane in 1971, along with Sam Watson the author of this startling new play, Denis Walker co-founded of the Australian Black Panthers, based on the radical and often violent American civil rights organisation.

This new production, created with the involvement of Oodgeroo's family, weaves her family and cultural life with her time on the Tunisian tarmac to tell the previously untold story of the tensions that tore at the fabric of one of Australia's most prominent families.

She was Oodgeroo, Custodian of Minjerribah and senior lore woman of the Noonuccal people. She was Kath Walker, acclaimed poet and activist, beacon of hope. She was mother to her two sons.' Source: /www.laboite.com.au/ (Sighted 21/04/2009).

Notes

  • 'The Oodgeroo project is a creative collaboration between Sam Watson, La Boite Theatre and Kooemba Jdarra Indigenous Performing Arts made possible through a $100,000 sponsorship from the Queensland Government to mark the 40th anniversary of the 1967 referendum.' The project also received support from the Australia Council in 2007.

    Source: Department of Communities website (Queensland), http://www.communities.qld.gov.au/
    Sighted: 28/08/2008

  • 'This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, Department of Education, Training and the Arts, and the office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy and the Department of Communities. Oodgeroo is also supported by the Australia Council, the Australian Government's arts funding and advisory body, through its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board and its Community Partnerships Section.' Source: www.laboite.com.au/ (Sighted 21/04/2009).

Production Details

  • A La Boite Theatre Company Commission and World Premiere in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the state of Queensland, performed 2 - 11 July 2009. Director: Sean Mee.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 2009
    • Brisbane, Queensland,: Playlab , 2009 .
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      Extent: 96p.
      Description: illus., port.
      Note/s:
      • Includes:

        • Bibliographical references (p. 91)
        • Teacher's notes by Haley Milner and Saffron Benner (q.v.) (75-92)
      ISBN: 9780908156870 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

Passion is in the Poetry Tonya Turner , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 20 - 21 June 2009; (p. 11)

— Review of Oodgeroo : Bloodline to Country Sam Watson 2009 single work drama
An Ode to Oodgeroo Rosemary Sorensen , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 8 June 2009; (p. 30)

— Review of Oodgeroo : Bloodline to Country Sam Watson 2009 single work drama
Complex Life in Two Dimensions James Harper , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 6 July 2009; (p. 30)

— Review of Oodgeroo : Bloodline to Country Sam Watson 2009 single work drama
Theatre Evokes Spirit of Oodgeroo 2009 single work column
— Appears in: Namalata Thusi , Winter no. 7 2009; (p. 16-17)
'When Sam Watson was tasked with confining the story of Oodgeroo Noonuccal to an 85-minute play, he knew just what to do...Sam was honoured to tell this story...' Source: Namalata Thusi No:7 Winter, 2009
Profile : Sam Watson Sam Watson , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: Writing Queensland , July no. 186 2009; (p. 4)
Play Celebrates Inspirational Oodgeroo Noonuccal 2007 single work column
— Appears in: Artery , Winter no. 4 2007; (p. 2)
Passion is in the Poetry Tonya Turner , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 20 - 21 June 2009; (p. 11)

— Review of Oodgeroo : Bloodline to Country Sam Watson 2009 single work drama
An Ode to Oodgeroo Rosemary Sorensen , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 8 June 2009; (p. 30)

— Review of Oodgeroo : Bloodline to Country Sam Watson 2009 single work drama
Complex Life in Two Dimensions James Harper , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 6 July 2009; (p. 30)

— Review of Oodgeroo : Bloodline to Country Sam Watson 2009 single work drama
Play Celebrates Inspirational Oodgeroo Noonuccal 2007 single work column
— Appears in: Artery , Winter no. 4 2007; (p. 2)
Theatre Evokes Spirit of Oodgeroo 2009 single work column
— Appears in: Namalata Thusi , Winter no. 7 2009; (p. 16-17)
'When Sam Watson was tasked with confining the story of Oodgeroo Noonuccal to an 85-minute play, he knew just what to do...Sam was honoured to tell this story...' Source: Namalata Thusi No:7 Winter, 2009
Profile : Sam Watson Sam Watson , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: Writing Queensland , July no. 186 2009; (p. 4)
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