Maurial Spearim (Gamilaraay / Living on Kulin land, VIC)
Presented in association with Darebin Arts' Speakeasy
A stand-out performer.
They say a cat has nine lives – and for Ruby, a First Nations woman navigating the 21st century, ‘nine lives’ are but one way to explain her idiosyncrasies. Join the enigmatic Ruby on her quest for connection, as she unites the truths of history with her experience of the present to uncover the binding threads of people and place.
Following stand-out performances across theatre and screen, BlaaQ Catt is the solo debut from writer and performer Maurial Spearim (We Get It, Redfern Now) – a one-woman exploration of hope, longing and connection, resonant without exception. Spearim skilfully fuses the ancient with the contemporary to bring two worlds into one, weaving Gamilaraay language together with song, dance and storytelling to reveal a captivating character.
Reflecting on the complexities of contemporary Indigenous experience this work captures the beauty, depth and harsh realities of life for a young Aboriginal woman. Spearim challenges assumptions about Indigenous identity and experience in this darkly comic story, told skilfully with a good dose of dry, self-deprecating humour.
Music ConsultantDeborah Cheetham
Sound DesignerMark Cole-Smith
ChoreographerSermsah Bin Saad
Set and Costume DesignerLeon Salom
Lighting DesignerKris Chainey
Gamilaraay Language ConsultantPaul Spearim
Aunty's Story & Voice OverMarcus Waters Bumala-y Wayi-y
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, City of Melbourne, Ilbijerri Theatre Company, Songlines Aboriginal Music Corporation and Phunktional Arts Limited.