Train play

Big boost for Spinifex Ex­press

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Per­era

An in­ter­ac­tive chil­dren’s play based on an iconic Pil­bara rail­way line is set to tour com­mu­ni­ties across the re­gion in com­ing months af­ter be­ing awarded more than $135,000 in State Gov­ern­ment fund­ing.

All Aboard the Spinifex Ex­press, a pro­fes­sional theatre pro­duc­tion de­vel­oped by IBN Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion, Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Aus­tralia Pil­bara and the WA Coun­cil of So­cial Ser­vice, de­buted at the Kar­i­jini Ex­pe­ri­ence in April where it was a hit with au­di­ences of all ages.

It has since re­ceived a $135,955 grant from the Re­gional and Re­mote Tour­ing Fund, which will al­low the show to per­form in 15 Pil­bara com­mu­ni­ties as early as the end of this month, with part­ner agen­cies meet­ing to sign the mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing last week.

Play di­rec­tor Cate Fowler and IBN chair­woman Lor­raine In­jie said the bi-cul­tural play had been de­vel­oped to show­case the Pil­bara’s Abo­rig­i­nal his­tory, lan­guage and cul­ture to chil­dren un­der five.

Ms Fowler said it was in­spired by a Nya­mul “japi song” (trav­el­ling song) about the train recorded in 1964, which IBN had spent years trans­lat­ing. “(The song) was about an old train that trav­elled from Port Hed­land to Mar­ble Bar, the most re­mote train track in the world (that) ran be­tween 1911 and 1952/53,” she said.

The re­gional tour has been funded by the State Gov­ern­ment’s Roy­al­ties for Re­gions Pro­gram ad­min­is­tered by the De­part­ment of Cul­ture and the Arts in con­sul­ta­tion with the De­part­ment of Re­gional De­vel­op­ment.

RDA Pil­bara chief ex­ec­u­tive Diane Pentz said the show was an ideal com­ple­ment to their re­gional early years ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram.

Tour dates will be an­nounced shortly.

Picture: Ali­cia Per­era

IBN and RDA staff af­fil­i­ated with All Aboard the Spinifex Ex­press Eve­lyn Kroczek, Lor­raine In­jie, Deb­bie All­cott, Diane Pentz, Fiona White-Har­tig and Cate Fowler.

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