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20 — 21 Sep

Big Name, No Blankets

Presented by Brisbane Festival, QPAC and The University of Queensland, ILBIJERRI Theatre Company's

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Big Name, No Blankets

You might think we're flash up here, but we come from a little place with a big heart and a big story...

You might think we're flash up here, but we come from a little place with a big heart and a big story... 

Big Name, No Blankets follows founding band member Sammy Tjapanangka Butcher as the charismatic narrator, who weaves intimate storytelling with larger-than-life rock 'n' roll songs.. Warumpi Band is the original First Peoples rock band to sing in language, known for their anthems 'Blackfella/Whitefella', 'My Island Home' and 'Jailanguru Pakurnu'. Big Name, No Blankets is inspired by their rise to the top through their politics, presence, and potent rock 'n' roll riffs.  

Founding band member Sammy Tjapanangka Butcher is the journey’s charismatic narrator, who weaves intimate storytelling with larger-than-life rock 'n' roll songs. Discover how Sammy (lead guitar) and his two younger brothers, Gordon (drummer) and Brian (bass), went from jamming on a flour drum in Papunya in the 1970s to wild nights conquering pub rock and touring the world. 

As the first band to sing rock 'n' roll in Aboriginal languages, Warumpi Band greatly influenced the likes of music greats Yothu Yindi and Coloured Stone. True to their roots, the show weaves in culture from Central Australia and Northeast Arnhem Land and two ancestral languages — Luritja and Gumatj (Yolngu Matha) — as the band navigates divides between bush and city, white and black, fame and family.  

You're invited into the world of these central desert legends. Stomp your feet, clap your hands and get swept away by this big-hearted story. 


Price

$59 — $79

Times

7:00pm

Duration

105 minutes, no interval

Where

Concert Hall, QPAC ›
Cnr Grey and, Melbourne St,
South Brisbane QLD 4101

Venue info

Accessibility

Wheelchair Accessible

Assistive Listening

Auslan Interpreted Event

Important Info

Age suitability:

This performance is suitable for all ages.

Warnings:

Warnings for smoke machine use and loud noises. 

This production has images and references to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have passed.

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Got the audiences stomping, clapping and dancing

★★★★★ Arts Hub

The band is hot and unstoppable, the cast, a joyful expression of music and story

★★★★ The Guardian

Filled with laughter, the iconic songs and rockstar performances

★★★★★ Sydney Arts Guide


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ILBIJERRI Theatre

ILBIJERRI Theatre

ILBIJERRI Theatre Company is Australia’s longest-running First Peoples’ theatre company, over 30 years strong. They create, present and tour challenging and provocative theatrical works that share the experiences of First People in Australia today.


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How to get there

Concert Hall, QPAC ›
Cnr Grey and, Melbourne St,
South Brisbane QLD 4101

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