Black as Michael Jackson and other identity monologues
by Karla Hart and Michelle White
directed by Monica Main
performed by Karla Hart and Della Rae Morrison
Yirra Yaakin at Blue Room Theatre
19 June - 7 July, 2012
Hello, My Name is…
Conceived, directed and performed by Nicola Gunn
Blue Room Theatre
12 - 30 June, 2012
Yirra Yaakin, WA’s fine indigenous theatre company, is bringing two shows to the Blue Room’s first 2012 season.
The first, Black as Michael Jackson, written by Karla Hart and Michelle White and performed by Hart and Della Rae Morrison, is a series of loosely connected vignettes that deal with questions of identity in indigenous life and culture in Perth and regional WA.
At its best it’s funny, confronting and revealing. Hart is a feisty, valiant actor, and she brings a combative energy to her recurring character, Amy, and other roles. Morrison’s Nell is older and sadder, and their combination gives a range of experience to the happy, funny, sorrowful and tragic circumstances they describe.
The later show at the Blue Room, Melbourne performance artist Nicola Gunn’s Hello, My Name Is … all but defies review. Gunn is a theatrical risk-taker, and this piece, which she cheerfully admits is in the very early stages of its development, is a big one.
Link here to the complete review in The West Australian