Launch and Stardust + The Mission
Join us for our Launch event, followed by a performance of Stardust + The Mission - a double bill performed by award-winning ABC presenter & performer, Joel Carnegie, acclaimed Gunditjmara actor, Tom Molyneux.
Since Cowra Civic Centre changed its operating model we have been challenged by closures, cancellations and COVID-19. Until now we have only been able to have a few ad hoc live events and a cinema program that has started and stopped multiple times. This Launch event brings the community together for an update on the journey so far and where the venue is heading in the future. Plus it includes a performance of the theatre double bill, Stardust + The Mission. We hope you can join us for this special event. Tickets are complimentary.
STARDUST tells the story of bandleader and trumpet player, Col Brain. Before he died, Col placed his most prized life possessions into a cupboard and locked it up, never to be opened again. But what was inside? Told through the eyes of his grandson – award winning ABC presenter & performer, Joel Carnegie – herein lies the discovery of a time capsule of Australian musical life, in a heart-warming quest to uncover what Col wanted us to know about his life by the things he left behind.
THE MISSION follows the journey of “Fighting Gunditjmara” man, Allan McDonald – one of the first Aboriginal soldiers from Victoria to enlist for war. He fought at Gallipoli and Beersheba, only to be denied a soldier’s settlement on his ultimate return to Australia and forced from his land at the Lake Condah Mission. This captivating and rollicking story, told by his great, great nephew, Gunditjmara man Tom Molyneux, tells the truth of Uncle Allan’s struggle; fighting for Country, for love, and for justice.
Experience this award-winning double bill at Cowra Civic Centre from 3rd May 2022 and meet two ordinary individuals, whose extraordinary lives still reverberate to this day
“This show (Stardust) truly is a treat…” ABC Radio National
“The Mission is a beautiful, touching, rich tribute…” Keith Gow Reviews
“What an absolute triumph. I was blown away by the stories, both so, so powerful. I feel so moved.”
“It was awesome. I was spellbound from start to finish.”
“Big respect and congrats to Joel Carnegie & Tom Molyneux, two stand-out performers sharing their history and craft.”
Tuesday, 03 May 2022 | 07:00 PM
- 09:30 PM
Cowra Civic Centre, 104 Darling Street, Cowra 2794 View Map