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BlaaQ Catt

Maurial Spearim (Gamilaraay / Living on Kulin land, VIC)

Presented in association with Darebin Arts' Speakeasy

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17-22 May


Northcote Town Hall, 189 High St, Northcote


Tue–Fri 7:30pm | Sat 3:30pm & 7:30pm | Sun 6:30pm

Artist talk
Sat 21 May 4.30pm | Free


$28 Full / $23 Concession / Green Tickets Wed 18 May / Community Night Thu 19 May


60 mins


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  • auslan
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Auslan interpetation: Perfomance 21 May 3.30pm | Artist talk 21 May 4:30pm


This work contains sensitive subject matter relating to Australian Indigenous history. Contains strong language, references to sexual violence, strobe lighting, smoke effects and adult themes. Please arrive on time; no latecomers will be admitted.

Event Details

A stand-out performer.

The Koori Mail

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.

  • Artist
    Maurial Spearim
  • Director
    Pauline Whyman
  • Music Consultant
    Deborah Cheetham
  • Sound Designer
    Mark Cole-Smith
  • Choreographer
    Sermsah Bin Saad
  • Set and Costume Designer
    Leon Salom
  • Projection
    Katie Symes
  • Lighting Designer
    Kris Chainey
  • Dramaturgy
    Kirsty Hillhouse
  • Gamilaraay Language Consultant
    Paul Spearim
  • Acknowledgement
    Bronwyn Spearim
  • Aunty's Story & Voice Over
    Marcus Waters Bumala-y Wayi-y
  • Animation
    Sebastian Fowler
  • Projectionist
    Andre Vanderwert
  • Image
    Arika Waulu

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.