'Country Song is a beautiful, musical, witty and warming journey that celebrates the healing power of music. It will take you on a heartfelt journey with toe-tapping tunes and larger-than-life characters.
'Jimmy Little is waiting backstage. He¹s been asked to perform the national anthem, in front of an audience that love him and his music. He is an Australian icon; an entertainer first and foremost. But what does it mean to sing this song now? Does it matter? Who is he really singing for?
'In Country Song, Jimmy is whisked on a fictional road trip to his past as his story weaves through the history of major social changes of the 1970¹s. Along the way we hear stories of singers Auriel Andrew, Bobby McLeod and Lionel Rose in this tribute to the era and the music that was a soundtrack for a generation. Once a smiling, cheeky child of Vaudevillians, now a poster boy for Indigenous performers, Jimmy takes us through the thoughts of an artist who must weigh up the political power of his voice. Filled with well-known tunes, Country Song is a beautiful, musical, witty and warming journey that celebrates the healing power of music.
'Acclaimed actor and musician Michael Tuahine came up with the original idea for Country Song after being inspired by Walk the Line. Reg Cribb won the 2013 Rodney Seaborn Playwright's Award for New Work.'
Performed at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (Cremorne Theatre) 4 July - 8 August 2015.
Director: Wesley Enoch.
Designer: Josh McIntosh.
Lighting Designer: Jason Glenwright.
Projection Designers: optikal bloc.
Musical Director: Jamie Clark.
Dramaturg: Louise Gough.
Cast includes Elaine Crombie, Bradley McCaw, Megan Sarmardin, Michael Tuahine, and Tibian Wyles.