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Aug 6, 2015 2:24 EDT

Help Us Take BEAUTIFUL ONE DAY Home: a theatrical documentary about the irrepressible life and times of Palm Island

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 6, 2015


The story of the project

We need your help to take BEAUTIFUL ONE DAY home to the Palm Island community.

ILBIJERRI Theatre Company and Belvoir came together in 2011 over a shared sense of outrage at the injustices surrounding the death in custody of Mulrunji Doomadgee. But, prompted by the Palm Island community, we looked for a way to turn anger into real understanding and new possibilities. The result is BEAUTIFUL ONE DAY – a theatrical documentary about the irrepressible life and times of Palm Island.

As raw as it is confronting, the show stars three Islanders in their first theatrical appearance. It combines documentary-style footage with conversation, reportage, stories and images, told in their own words. BEAUTIFUL ONE DAY captures the horrible reality of an unnecessary death and the remarkable humanity, wisdom and determination to forgive of Palm Islanders.

BEAUTIFUL ONE DAY has been performed in Sydney, Melbourne and across Victoria. In June the cast travelled to London to perform at the Southbank Centre as part of theOrigins Festival of First Nations. We are so proud to be sharing the story of Palm Island with audiences across Australia and now the world, but we want to show it to the most important audience of all – the Palm Island community.

In September this year we have been invited by the Palm Island community to perform BEAUTIFUL ONE DAY as part of the annual Palm Island Spring Fair. This will be a free outdoor performance open to the entire Palm Island community. We need your help to get there…

How the funds will be used

The $15,000 will contribute to the cost of flights, accommodation and ferry transfers for the cast and crew as well as the cost of hire and freight for equipment.

To give you an idea of the costs involved:
$30 is ferry ticket from Townsville to Palm Island
$150 is a night in the Palm Island Motel
$250 is a flight from Melbourne/Sydney to Townsville
$500 transports the cast to and from their home, the airport and ferry terminal
$3000 freights all of the costumes, props, lighting, sound and audio-visual equipment to Palm Island
$5000 hires all of the lighting, sound and audio-visual equipment we need to stage a professional outdoor production on Palm Island

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Funding is the greatest challenge faced by this project, which is why we are asking for your support. There are no venues or presenters on Palm Island so this will be a self-funded production. It is important to us that the show is free, ensuring access for the entire Palm Island community, however this also means we cannot cover costs through box office income. We have received a grant from the Australia Council for the Arts which will cover approximately half the costs of taking the show to Palm Island. The remainder will come from fundraising.

As a company we have 25 years experience touring our productions nationally and internationally, however touring to Palm Island does present some unique challenges. This will be the first time ILBIJERRI Theatre Company has presented a professional production in a remote community. Palm Island does not have a theatre so we will perform BEAUTIFUL ONE DAY outdoors. We will need to bring all of the lighting, sound and audio-visual equipment we require with us. Over the past 2 years the experience of presenting TANDERRUM in Federation Square for the opening of the Melbourne Festival has given us good understanding of how to present a successful large-scale outdoor community event.

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