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Andrea James

ANDREA JAMES  

Nationality:    Australian
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Andrea James is a descendant of the Yorta Yorta and Kurnai Aboriginal nations. She was the Artistic Director of the Melbourne Workers Theatre from 2001-2008 and is best-known for writing and directing Yanagai! Yanagai!, an award-winning co-production with Playbox in 2004.Most recently, Andrea directed Bully Beef Stew at PACT Theatre and co-wrote Corranderk: We Will Show the Country with Giordano Nanni produced by La Mama and Ilbijerri Theatre. She is currently Artistic Associate at Carriageworks, Sydney.

Research:    http://www.ausstage.edu.au/pages/contributor/231397

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below is a list of Andrea James's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

        Coranderrk: We Will Show the Country         Forever Zone, The         Melburnalia II         No         Oogadee Boogadees         To Soothe the Dying Pillow         Winyanboga Yurringa         Yanagai! Yanagai!



Coranderrk: We Will Show the Country

Synopsis:
VICTORIA, 1881: the men and women of the 'Coranderrk aboriginal Reserve' take on the Board for the Protection of aborigines in a fight for justice, dignity and self-determination. For the first time, we bring back to life Coranderrk's voices  both black and white  through a re-enactment of their official testimonies before the 1881 Government Inquiry into Coranderrk.

Notes:
Concept by Giordano Nanni; Directed by Isaac Drandic; Dramaturgy by Rachael Maza Long; Adapted by Andrea James & Giordano Nanni

1st Produced:
Carlton Courthouse, Carlton, VIC    13 Aug 2010

Organisations:
Minutes of Evidence Project

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Verbatim Theatre

Parts:
Male:  7            Female:  2            Other:  -

Further Reference:
http://www.ausstage.edu.au/pages/event/89641

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Forever Zone, The

Synopsis:
Reflecting Indigenous peoples - prior and on-going ownership of the land Melbourne stands on we have Melbourne suburb of Birrarung, meaning river of mists (the Yarra). This play is set on the Melbourne tramway system (a modern river of transportation) and in the secret chambers of Flinders Street Station (by the side of the Yarra). In this comic and poignant magical-realist piece, an ancient aboriginal warrior in a possum skin cloak is confronted by a motley crew of ticket inspectors on a tram. Back at their headquarters he whisks them away on a magical journey through the dusty old ballroom above the terminus and into the forever zone. This piece was commissioned by White Whale theatre in 2008 writers as part of Melburnalia No. 2. Five writers were asked to produce a 20-minute piece about a specific slice of life in a Melbourne suburb.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Downstairs 45 in Melbourne    2008

Organisations:
White Whale Theatre

1st Published:
Australian Script Centre   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
20 min magical realism

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

Further Reference:
-

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Melburnalia II

Synopsis:
Weaving civic history with urban myth Melburnalia No. 2 will take you on a rattling, screeching, ding-ding-dinging ride that reveals lost piggeries in the north; parental angst in the east; waiting exiles in the west; suburban symphonies in the south; and a forsaken magic hidden at the heart of the town

Notes:
written by Aidan Fennessy, Andrea James, Danny Katz, Catherine (Kit) Lazaroo and Hoa Pham

1st Produced:
fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne, VIC    20 May 2009

Organisations:
White Whale Theatre

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
collective

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

Further Reference:
http://www.ausstage.edu.au/pages/event/80923

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No

Synopsis:
-

Notes:
written by Andrea James; Dramaturg - Campion Decent

1st Produced:
Australian National University, Acton, ACT    02 May 2002

Organisations:
2002 National Playwrights' Conference

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
drama

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

Further Reference:
http://www.ausstage.edu.au/pages/event/31613

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Oogadee Boogadees

Synopsis:
-

Notes:
Koori Klowning Troupe developed by Andrea James. Toured throughout Australia, perofrming at festivals and events

1st Produced:
toured Australia    1997

Organisations:
Melbourne Workers Theatre

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
clowning piece

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  3            Other:  -

Further Reference:
http://www.ausstage.edu.au/pages/event/102529

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To Soothe the Dying Pillow

Synopsis:
-

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
Performance Space in Carriageworks    Dec 2011

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
-

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

Further Reference:
-

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Winyanboga Yurringa

Synopsis:
Six women leave the city, and return to country for a night, to come to terms with their present, their past, and their connections to each other. Originally commissioned by Belvoir in 2010, and inspired by the iconic television mini-series Women of the Sun, Andrea James set out to answer the question 'Who is our current Woman of the Sun and what are her major concerns?' the result pays tribute to the Aboriginal women in our communities who are shining brighter than the sun, fighting against incredible odds to nurture and represent family, community and country.

Notes:
inspired by Hyllus Maris And Sonia Borgs iconic Women of the Sun.

1st Produced:
national play festival, Perth    24 Feb 2013

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
short play

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  7            Other:  -

Further Reference:
-

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Yanagai! Yanagai!

Yanagai! Yanagai!
We are in a mythical landscape on the banks of a mighty river. the Yorta Yorta know him as 'Dhungula'. the white fellas call it 'the Murray'. a clan of storytellers has gathered to invoke the beautiful place they once knew; to sing it into being. Some are stories of remembering, others are told so that they may never happen again. Children and elders, spirits and ghosts, dingoes and min-min lights are threaded together in these tales of colonial law, a people and their land. the land rights struggle of the Yorta Yorta people continues today.

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
North Melbourne Town Hall, North Melbourne, VIC    Aug 2006

Organisations:
Melbourne Workers Theatre

1st Published:
Currency Press, Sydney   978-0868197081

Music:
-

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Genre:
Indigenous Drama

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  1            Other:  extras

Further Reference:
http://www.ausstage.edu.au/pages/event/81075

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