ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE TAKEN ON A JOURNEY THROUGH THE EYES OF A FIRST NATION WOMAN’S TRANSGENERATIONAL TRAUMA.
The audience are invited to immerse themselves in a story that we all share as Australians. This is our story told using monologue, song, dance, projection and exploring the different personas of Ruby, a woman who carries the traumas of her ancestors and a love and hope for her and her people’s future. Blaaq Catt is a one woman show that delves into the notion that a cat has nine lives, these lives cross over generations. But Ruby is living in a world made up of unrealistic lifestyle choices that constantly recreate more and more trauma for her and her people. She battles her demons by embracing her cultural knowledge and customs.
Maurial Spearim’s passion for performing began from an early age when she first started learning her traditional Gamilaraay song, dance, story, knowledge and culture. Maurial is a multi- disciplinary artist; an actress, singer and dancer with a Bachelor of the Dramatic Arts Degree from the Victorian College of the Arts, the University of Melbourne. Green Room Award Nominee and former Victorian Miss NAIDOC Award recipient, Maurial has worked tirelessly within the performing arts industry since graduating in 2010, working in a wide range of shows and productions such as We Get It (Elbow Room Production, Melbourne Theatre Company Neon Festival), appearing in the television series Wentworth (Foxtel), Secret River (ABC), Redfern Now (Telemovie ABC), a national tour of Body Armour (Ilbijerri Theatre Company), Move It Mob Style (NITV), Skin Choir tour (Songlines Aboriginal Music Corporation), as a singer in Dreamtime at the G, and a dancer for Seven Sisters.
Maurial is excited to be working with an array of talented artist including music director and world renowned soprano Deborah Cheetham, of Short Black Opera, who has been an inspiration and mentor for Maurial, choreographer Sermsah Bin Saad, a multifaceted performer of Indigenous Arts & Management and composer Mark Coles Smith, a mixed medium artist working across stage, screen, sound design and audio production.
“Evocative and challenging piece of theatre… A must see.” – Artshub
“Spearim possesses ageless gravity and presence.” – The Age
You can purchase your tickets to BlaaQ Catt via www.lamama.com.au. BlaaQ Catt runs from 21 September to 2 October 2016 at La Mama Theatre during Melbourne Fringe Festival 2016.
Produced, written and performed by Maurial Spearim. Sound design by Mark Coles Smith
Choreography by Sermsah Bin Saad. Music direction by Deborah Cheetham
Lighting design by Kris Chainey. Animation by Sabastian Fowler
Set and costume design by Leon Salom. Projectionist by Andre Vanderwert
Dramaturgy by Kirsty Hillhouse