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Thursday, 07 June 2007
"It's a magical piece of theatre" – Sybil Nolan, Herald Sun
The most important event for local audiences to see this Festival” – Andi Moore, Artszine
"It does honour to the festival that has presented it" – John Slavin, The Age
A pure gift” – Alison Croggon, Theatre Notes
An inclusive plea for understanding and justice” – Miriam Cosic, The Australian

There are two versions of the Ngapartji Ngapartji performance: a main stage theatre production and a five-part language show.

The language show runs over a number of nights: each night can be experienced as stand alone, though audiences are encouraged to attend all unique sessions to learn more of the language and experience a richer and deeper understanding of Ngapartji Ngapartji. This version of the show is like being immersed in the Ninti site; the first section of the show comprises films, songs, maps, and teaching of language from the community cast. During the final section of the show, Trevor performs an excerpt from his family story around the language and cultural theme the audience has just been introduced to. These include; Anangu (body), Ngura (country), Walytja (family) and Tjukurpa (law and culture).

Teaching Language, Melbourne 2005

The audience are invited to learn Pitjantjatjara. In exchange, Trevor will share parts of his family story in Pitjantjatjara and in English. His father, born in the red desert sands where his people had lived for over 50,000 years, was moved off his Ngura (country) to make way for the British atomic tests at Maralinga following World War II.’ – Adelaide Cabaret Festival program 2007

The main stage theatre production runs for 106 minutes and explores the impact of the Cold War on the 20th Century through the prism of Trevor’s family experience in the South Australian desert.

This epic story of displacement unfolds across Trevor’s ‘ngura’ (country) to reveal conspiracies, cover-ups, negligence and the naïve bullying of a self-assured international leadership blinded by profit, fear and warmongering. The performance strikes a delicate balance between the familiar – with David Bowie and David Byrne songs in Pitjantjatjara – and the startlingly unfamiliar with a powerful language and culture revealed in ways that are ‘palya’ (fine/OK) for non-Pitjantjatjara audiences to experience’. – Melbourne International Arts Festival program 2006.

Trevor and Yumi, Melbourne International Arts Festival 2006

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 19 June 2007 )

Sydney Theatre Awards 2008
Ngapartji Ngapartji nominated for Best Mainstage Production, Best Direction and Best Actor in a Lead Role.
The Age Review Nothing Rhymes with Ngapartji
Pitjantjatjara actor Trevor Jamieson has taken his hit stage show, Ngapartji Ngapartji, around the country winning acclaim, awards and the respect of everyone who has seen him perform.