In 1845 Christina Smith was a Scottish missionary who settled in an isolated port in south-eastern South Australia, close to present day Mount Gambier, where she was the sole European woman. It was here she encountered the Boandig people, a once powerful and numerous tribe now on the brink of extermination…
Was it a settlement or an invasion? Was she a protector or perpetrator? Is it Black or White?
Octoroon, a term used by colonialists to describe a person with one-eighth Aboriginal ancestry, explores themes of belonging, alienation and identity through the kaleidoscope that is our often divisive history.
Performed and Directed by Maggie McCorrmack and Anna Ellis
Written by Anna Ellis
Lighting design and Operation by Simon Fisher and Annabel Warmington
Sound Design by Pippa Deanne Bainbridge
Stage Management by Annabel Warmington
Movement Consultant Darren Vizer
Additional Vocal Greg Fryer
Image credit: File Stock / Museum of South Australia – Rick Evertz