Big Name, No Blankets (Sydney Festival) [Sydney]
Big Name, No Blankets (Sydney Festival) [Sydney]

Event Information


Sunday January 14, 2024
11:30 AM


Roslyn Packer Theatre
22 Hickson Road
Walsh Bay, NSW

Auslan Interpreter/s

Jo Agius, Yasmin Dandachi & Isabella Haigh

Language/ Cultural Consultant


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An epic new rock’n’roll theatre show celebrating the legacy and impact of Australian music icons, Warumpi Band, told from the perspective of founding members, the Butcher Brothers. From Papunya (a small town in the Northern Territory) to global stages, they sent Aboriginal culture worldwide in the 80s and 90s. With Blak anthems like Jailanguru PakurnuMy Island Home and Blackfella/Whitefella, Warumpi Band amplified black voices and stories while unifying listeners through the power of rock’n’roll.

Big Name, No Blankets tells the Warumpi Band story and features its hits, also showcasing Luritja, Warlpiri and Gumatj/Yolngu Matha languages, and culture from Central Australia and North East Arnhem Land. Created in collaboration with founding band member Sammy Butcher and the families of Warumpi Band members, this epic new work is co-directed by theatre icon Dr Rachael Maza AM and Anyupa Butcher.

Packed with humour, iconic songs and rockstar performances, this is a joyful show about how music can influence massive change.??Like Warumpi Band itself, Big Name, No Blankets is a story of hope – hope for an Australia in which white and black can come together as one.

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