by Andrea James with Anyupa Butcher and Sammy Butcher

A rock ‘n' roll theatre extravaganza!

A rock’n’roll theatre performance celebrating the phenomenal journey and impact of Australian music icons, Warumpi Band, told from the perspective of the Butcher Brothers.

Named after Warumpi Band’s second album, BIG NAME, NO BLANKETS this rock 'n' roll theatre performance features Warumpi hits, showcasing Luritja, Warlpiri and Gumatj / Yolngu Martha languages and culture.

Making history as the first rock ’n ’ roll band to sing in Aboriginal languages, Warumpi Band is acclaimed for creating our Black Anthems: Jailanguru Pakurnu, My Island Home and Blackfella/Whitefella.

Warumpi Band brought hope and strength to First Peoples and united all Australians, singing truths that echoed the realities of black and white relationships in colonised lands. They amplified black voices, stories and politics while uniting all cultures with their infectious music.

Packed with humour, iconic songs and rock star performances, BIG NAME, NO BLANKETS is a joyful show about how music can influence massive change.

2024 Tour

With more locations to be announced

Sydney Festival
10-14 January 2024
Roslyn Packer Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company,
22 Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay NSW 2000

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government's Major Festivals Initiative, managed by Creative Australia, its Arts Funding and Advisory Body, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc., commissioned by RISING, Sydney Festival, Darwin Festival, Brisbane Festival and Adelaide Festival.


Story and Cultural Consultant Sammy Butcher (founding member of Warumpi Band)

Writer Andrea James

Co-Directors Dr Rachael Maza AM and Anyupa Butcher

Sound Arrangement and Composition Crystal Butcher

Sound Arrangement and Composition Mentor David Bridie

Band Arrangement and Composition Gary Watling

AV Designer James Henry

Lighting Designer Jenny Hector

Set Designer Emily Barrie

Band includes Gary Watling, Jason Butcher and Jeremiah Butcher

Theatre Consultant Sarah Goodes

Dramaturg Amy Sole

Producers Nina Bonacci & Alexandra Paige


Image by Oumoula Mckenzie


Development Creative Team

Story and Cultural Consultant Sammy Butcher

Writer Andrea James

Co-Directors Dr Rachael Maza AM & Anyupa Butcher

Story Consultant Anyupa Butcher

Sound Arrangement & Composition Crystal Butcher

Sound Arrangement & Composition Mentor David Bridie

Band Arrangement & Composition Gary Watling

AV Designer James Henry

Set Designer Emily Barrie

Band includes Jason Butcher & Jeremiah Butcher

Theatre Consultant Sarah Goodes

Dramaturg Amy Sole

Creative Consultant Lisa Watts

Producers Nina Bonacci & Alexandra Paige

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