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.