A Migrant's Son Michaela Burger
For ages: all ages
"A far-reaching generational story that crosses divides, ignites memories and pulls at your heart-strings...Burger's voice can stir your most deepest and darkest emotions whilst enchanting your aural sensibilities." (Stage Whispers)
Direct from a sell out season at Adelaide Cabaret Festival, A Migrant's Son is a true story exploring migration from Greece to Australia during the 1930’s. This extraordinary new work conveys incredible historical events that are brought to life through original compositions, creating a unique & touching account that is both hard-hitting & hilarious. Written & performed by award winning cabaret star Michaela Burger (Exposing Edith), this is a tale about a man, the son of a poor migrant, who defied all odds & rose above adversity. From early morning deliveries at age seven, down opal mines in Coober Pedy & opening a chain of supermarkets, his unrelenting determination to build a successful life is comical and dramatic; as he pushes through like an unstoppable force & is willing to sacrifice everything for his family. Featuring traditional instruments, the show touches deeply on racism, intolerance & the struggles presented by migration. It presents the audience with deep appreciation of what Australia has offered migrants of past generations & of today. Through the engagement of community choirs as part of the show, there is also an elevated feeling of community-spirit & diversity.
Marketing selling points
* Winner of the 2019 Adelaide Fringe Festival Frank Ford Award and Adelaide Fringe Festival Best Cabaret weekly award! *It is a new, original, Australian work * themes of migration, integration, tolerance, judgement & survival in a foreign country * Original, live music with traditional instruments including bouzouki [Greece] & accordion. * Blending both Australian & European cultures * A true story told by the granddaughter of migrants from Italy and Greece * A strong relevance to the challenges we are facing today in Australia with refugees & migrants * An uplifting story of defying all odds & rising up against circumstances * Fascinating settings & stories e.g. one of the original opal miners in Coober Pedy
Key audience and marketing notes
The key audience encompasses original music & cabaret lovers, the Greek community & migrants & their extended families. We have found that each audience member discovers a connection to the story & can relate to elements of the show. It prompts reflection on their individual heritage & the understanding of how Australia has been built. On an educational level, all Australians [new & old] should experience this work. Through the engagement of community choirs as part of the performance, this further diversifies the show as well as magnifies its audience impact & broadens the target market.
Community Engagement activities
1. Community choirs as part of the touring show We will use local choirs - to sing harmonies - from each town that we perform in as part of the show. This will enhance the impact of the show in addition to involving communities on a deeper level - bringing people together & demonstrating the power of community-spirit & acceptance first hand. 2. Free Your Natural Voice Workshops For those wishing to explore the full potential of their speaking & singing voice in an holistic & deep way, Michaela runs workshops which run for 1hr30mins. These will be at a modest additional cost if booked.
What is this?
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|Theatre formats||Most theatre formats work|
|Bump in (hours)||3|
|Bump out (hours)||2|
Wireless headset microphone - lead performer 2 X DI - guitar [musician also plays bouzouki] 3 X Corded microphones on boom stands - accordion, back up vocals by pianist, bouzouki 4 X fold-back speakers 3 X Percussion microphones Possible microphones for choir [if needed, depending on venue] Possible fold back inner ear monitors [if available] Projector and screen
We require: Drumkit Piano - for musical director The only additional set is a small suitcase which sits on a piano stool.
Stage dimensions (meters)
|Width: 5||Height: 1|
|Depth: 3||Wing space: 1|