THEATRE PRODUCTIONS - READY TO TOUR
The Space Company presents the following theatrical productions currently
available for regional, metro and international touring, festivals, expos and special performances.
sTARDUST & THE MISSION (DOUBLE BILL)
For 25 years, a locked cupboard sat in a family garage. So what was inside?
A “Fighting Gunditjmara” man returns home from war only to be forced from his traditional lands. What drove him to fight for a country that didn’t even recognise him as a citizen?
Family secrets are revealed in Stardust and The Mission – a double bill about love, music, war and all the things that people leave behind… Starring multi-award winning ABC presenter and performer, Joel Carnegie, and award winning actor, Tom Molyneux, with direction by Tom Molyneux (Stardust) and James Jackson (The Mission), these are two extraordinary stories of ordinary Australians whose legacies still reverberate today.
For over 25 years, a locked wooden dresser sat in the family garage of ABC presenter, Joel Carnegie. The dresser was a once prized possession of his grandfather, Col Brain. Col was one of Victoria’s most well-regarded musicians of his time, leading swing, brass and jazz bands across the state. But Col's dresser hadn’t been opened since he died. So what was inside? Herein lies the discovery of a time capsule of Australian musical life, in a heartwarming quest to uncover what Col wanted us to know about his life, by the things he left behind.
Stardust won "Best Performance By An Actor" [Joel Carnegie] and "Best Innovation" at the 2017 New York Festivals International Radio Awards, following the production’s broadcast on ABC Radio National.
1914: Conflict on all fronts. 1939: A soldier at home and abroad. 1945: A stranger on his own land. Allan McDonald - a “Fighting Gunditjmara” man from South-West Victoria, was one of the State’s first Indigenous soldiers to enlist for war. Allan fought at some of WWI’s most famous campaigns, including Gallipoli and Beersheba - only to be denied a soldier’s settlement on his return to Australia, and forced from his traditional land at the Lake Condah Mission. So what drives someone to fight for a country that doesn’t recognise them as a citizen? How do you keep fighting in an unjust world and why?
The Mission tells the story of Allan McDonald, as investigated by his great great nephew and fellow Gunditjmara man, award winning actor Tom Molyneux (The Nose; The Ministry), alongside award winning director James Jackson (The Nose), and in collaboration with Gunditjmara Elders and community members. It draws strength from ancestors, past and present - with a story about not giving up on what you believe in, and fighting for justice whatever the cost.
Warnings: includes adult themes, occasional coarse language, smoke, scenes depicting war/violence. ‘The Mission’ contains depictions of, and reference to, Indigenous people who have passed away. It also describes confronting content in relation to the massacre, dispossession and mistreatment of Indigenous peoples