We acknowledge and pay our respects to the Elders, Ancestors and leaders of the Kulin Nations on whose unceded lands ILBIJERRI Theatre Company is based.
We extend this respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, recognising their resilience and ongoing connection to land, water and culture, despite ongoing colonial interruption and genocide.
Always was, always will be, sacred Indigenous land.
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“Sisters of Gelam is a slick and lyrical celebration of indigenous culture. It is performed with such presence and feeling, and speaks to such a profound and universal desire for homecoming and human connection, that it is impossible to remain unmoved” - The Age
Weaving together a heady mix of live music, theatre & puppetry, Sisters of Gelam is the writing debut of Rachael Maza and her sister Lisa Maza – “The Maza Sisters”. A duo well known for their soulful brand of acoustic tunes and island harmonies, the girls are both also highly accomplished actors in Australian theatre, film and television.
Inspired by the two sisters’ very personal experiences as the daughters of an Aboriginal father and Dutch mother, stories from the past and the present are intertwined to present a poignant exploration of the journey to reconcile cultures and celebrate heritage.
Performers Lisa Maza, Rachael Maza & Ben Graetz
Writers Rachael Maza & Lisa Maza
Directors Melanie Beddie & Rachael Maza
Musical Director Stephen (Stretch) Teakle
Set & Costume Designer Gav Barbey
Lighting Designer Danny Pettingill
Puppet Designer Katrina Gaskell
Puppet Director Megan Cameron
Musicians Stephen (Stretch) Teakle, Andrew O'Grady & Phil Collings