Oodgeroo - Bloodline to Country

June 2nd, 2009 — July 11th, 2009


Roundhouse Theatre, Kelvin Grove


La Boite Theatre Company


Sean Mee


Sam Watson


Phil Slade


Roxanne McDonald
Darren Brady
Simon Hapea
Jonathan Brand
Rhonda Purcell
Emma Pursey

Costume Designer

Helen Jacobs

Set Designer

Helen Jacobs

Lighting Designer

Jason Organ

Sound Designer

Phil Slade

Artistic Director David Berthold wrote:

Oodgeroo, another La Boite commission, took a distinctive and welcome angle on the remarkable life of this great Australian figure of letters and politics. How fantastic it was to witness Roxanne McDonald bring Oodgeroo to such sensitive life, and to have Sam Watson working in our theatre. It drew large audiences, many new to La Boite, and enabled us to forge new friendships with Indigenous artists and organisations.

The critics said:

I doubt any actor other than Roxanne McDonald could have given us this multifaceted Oodgeroo, her restrained anger and pain ameliorated by a compassionate rationality. Simon Hapea, as both Dennis and the terrorist, vibrates with such dangerous anger that you want to duck every time he appears. Jonathan Brand, Rhonda Purcell and Emma Pursey are a fine supporting cast. - Sue Gough, The Courier Mail

One cannot but be moved by the passion of the piece… Oodgeroo is an important piece of theatre. Far too important for the short season it has been given at the Roundhouse Theatre. Make sure you see it. - Nigel Munro-Wallis on 612 ABC Brisbane

Source: La Boite's 2009 Annual Report

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