Blast from the past !
More than a quarter of a century ago, here's me performing my one man show "On the lake" at Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute.
After completing my training in acting in 1987, my work as an actor/musician took me touring around Australia, Japan, Bali, Singapore, USA & the UK.
It was my privilege to be part of what could be termed the second wave of Aboriginal theatre in this country.
I participated in the 1989 National Black playwright's conference & in other productions got to work with people like Bob Mazza, Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Justine Saunders, Brian Syron, Jimmy Chi, Roger Bennet, Rhoda Roberts, Stephen Page, David Ngoobujrra, Kelton Pell, Richard Walley, the band Kuckles, Mark Howett, Owen Love, Michael Harris & too many others to fit on this page.
That was my life before sculpture - great memories...
Today marks 10 years since the National Apology to the Survivors of the Stolen Generations, by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
Hundreds of people gathered at Veale Gardens in Adelaide for the annual Apology Day Community Event - including traditional smoking ceremonies, song, dance, shared food and stalls offering healing and pampering services for the #Aboriginal community.
It was especially moving to witness Ngarrindjeri Peramangk woman and professional pianist, Cheryl van Wageningen, perform some beautifully therapeutic classical music, as well as soothing contemporary pieces such as this one (Moon River, by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer from the iconic movie, Breakfast at Tiffany's). Cheryl is a survivor of the Stolen Generations and enjoys sharing her personal journey through music, as well as using her performances as a therapeutic means to support others through their own life experiences.
If you would like Cheryl to play at your upcoming event, please contact her daughter via email@example.com