Maurial Spearim (Gamilaraay NSW/VIC)
Presented in association with Next Wave Festival 2016 and Darebin Arts
Spearim is achingly good—The Herald Sun
A stand-out performer—The Koori Mail
They say a cat has nine lives—and for Ruby, a First Nations woman navigating the 21st century, ‘nine lives’ are but one way to explain her idiosyncrasies. Join this captivating character on her quest for connection, as she unites the truths of history with her experience of the present to uncover the binding threads of people and place.
Following stand-out performances across theatre and screen, BlaaQ Catt is the solo debut from writer and performer Maurial Spearim (We Get It, Redfern Now)—a one-woman exploration of hope, longing and connection, resonant without exception.
Spearim skilfully fuses the ancient with the contemporary to bring two worlds into one, weaving Gamilaraay language together with song, dance and storytelling, to reflect on the complexities of contemporary Indigenous experience.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, City of Melbourne, Ilbijerri Theatre Company, Songlines Aboriginal Music Corporation and Phunktional Arts Limited.
Next Wave is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, and City of Melbourne.
Image Arika Waulu