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True love Kimberley style

Friday, 27 October 2017

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Graduate Eva Grace Mullaley returns to WAAPA to direct the multi-award winning Australian theatre classic, Windmill Baby.

With the poetry of a campfire story and comedy of a great yarn, this tale of true love is set on an abandoned cattle station in the breathtaking Kimberley landscape of azure skies and red dirt.

Penned in the early 2000s by the then artistic director of WA’s Yirra Yaakin theatre company David Milroy, Windmill Baby is based on legends and oral histories from the Kimberley and Pilbara regions.

It tells the story of Maymay, a resilient woman of wry humour and a gifted storyteller. She has returned to the desolate pastoral station where she worked as a domestic half a century ago to free herself from old memories. She recalls the time when love and revenge turned the station’s dusty collection of bungalows into the scene of an achingly beautiful tragedy.

Windmill Baby is the story of black Australians in the service of white Australia. It’s also an ancient tale of unexpected love and breathtaking heartbreak. It is a beautifully melancholic story, punctuated with great humour and deft social commentary.

“A good play can do funny things to an audience,” says director Eva Grace Mullaley. “Especially when a cheeky octogenarian is recounting and reconciling with the characters she experienced on a remote station in the 1950s.”

Windmill Baby had its world premiere at the Subiaco Theatre Centre in 2005 and was the first Indigenous script to win the Patrick White Award and went to win the 2006 WA Equity Award for best new play, the 2006 Deadly Award for best sound score and the 2007 Kate Challis RAKA Award. Windmill Baby has been performed in Canada, England, India and Ireland.

WAAPA’s production, proudly supported by the Minderoo Aboriginal Benefits Foundation, features the graduating cohort of the Aboriginal Performance program under the direction of Eva Grace Mullaley. It runs from Friday, 17 to Thursday, 23 November in the Roundhouse Theatre.

Windmill Baby is a beautifully crafted drama in which an old promise is fulfilled under the shadow of the windmill.

For all venue and performance details, please visit Windmill Baby performance web page.

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