A Wergaia tale that lets you know what happens if you mess with fire – watch out!

On the floor of the Courthouse Theatre, you gather around a ‘campfire’ as though out in the bush. You create a soundscape. Led by video projections, puppetry, and live narration, enter an ancient Wergaia tale, adapted by Wotjobaluk artist Robyn Lauricella, about the fire spirit, Kuthumi. Two brothers, Kuthumi and Gutuk, have fun as they dance around a bonfire. Their experience unveils different sides of fire. It’s exciting but also destructive. We need it for life yet we fear it. How do we live with it? Find out what Kuthumi and Midgin the moon have to say.

After the show, you’re invited “behind the scenes” to handle the puppets, talk to the artist and see how the show is made.

Writer (adaptation):  Robyn Lauricella (Wotjobaluk)
Director:  Robyn Lauricella
Images & video: Mary French
Puppets:  Robyn Lauricella, Jandamurra Lauricella (Wotjobaluk)
Narrator:  Robyn Lauricella or Aunty Hazel McDonald (Wotjobaluk)
Puppeteers:  Robyn Lauricella, Jandamurra Lauricella
Campfire and Lighting: Beau Ladlow
Producer:  Black Hole Theatre: Nancy Black, Sarah Vickery

Image by Mary French

Access Information:
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Age Group: 4 – 10 years, family

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Visual rating 75%: The event is fully subtitled or has minimal dialogue, some background music and/or sounds, so d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences can have close to the full experience of the event.

Aural Rating 50%: Has both sound and visual components, but sight isn’t essential to be able to engage with the event.