ROE­BOURNE’S HIP­BONE

STICK­ING OUT

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Weeklylife - By TANYA MACNAUGHTON

WHEN peo­ple ask ac­tor Trevor Jamieson where he lives, his an­swer is sim­ple – in Aus­tralia.

“I don’t live any­where at the mo­ment, I’m home­less, so it’s wher­ever the next project or fam­ily gath­er­ing is,” Jamieson said.

“I walk around like a no­mad true to my peo­ple be­cause we’re part-Pit­jan­t­jat­jara on my fa­ther’s side of the coun­try, which is a tribe that al­ways comes and goes.”

Born in Su­bi­aco, Jamieson grew up in Esper­ance where his mother’s fam­ily is from, think­ing he would be­come a po­lice­man like his fa­ther, grand­fa­ther and brother if his dream of play­ing for Swan Dis­tricts did not hap­pen.

“Then my aunty came along, Lynette Narkle, who is an amaz­ing ac­tress, and I kind of be­came her pro­tege and an ac­tor by ac­ci­dent,” Jamieson said.

“I love my aunty Lynette, so when she sug­gested I au­di­tion for a play called Bran Nue Dae I did and that’s what started my ca­reer.

“I’ve been an ac­tor for 21 years now.”

After screen cred­its in Rab­bit Proof Fence and Lockie Leonard and the­atre roles in Storm Boy, Yandy, Se­cret River and Nga­partji Nga­partji, Jamieson is now per­form­ing in Big hART’s Hip­bone Stick­ing Out.

Four years in the mak­ing, the pro­duc­tion was cre­ated with the help of the Pil­bara com­mu­nity Roe­bourne and is about the 1983 death in cus­tody of 16-year-old Yind­jibarndi man John Pat in a Roe­bourne lockup. It pre­miered as part of the Cen­te­nary of Can­berra in 2013 and then in Roe­bourne on Septem­ber 14 to an au­di­ence com­pris­ing chil­dren to el­ders, in­clud­ing Pat’s fam­ily.

Seen through Pat’s eyes (played by Jamieson), Hip­bone Stick­ing Out has an hon­esty and dark hu­mour that com­bines pop mu­sic, sea shanties and tra­di­tional Pil­bara songs with the story of Roe­bourne’s his­tory from Dutch ex­plor­ers to the pearling in­dus­try.

“You have a great re­spon­si­bil­ity when some­one gives you per­mis­sion to tell their story; you can’t ruin it,” Jamieson said.

“His fam­ily and the com­mu­nity here have been so gen­er­ous to share such in­for­ma­tion and we’re the care­tak­ers, not gate­keep­ers, of th­ese sto­ries.

“We need to let this story live and I feel highly priv­i­leged to be telling it.”

Trevor Jamieson (left) in Hip­bone Stick­ing Out.

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