Archie Roach Tell me Why Play On Presents P/L
For ages: All Ages
Archie’s fingers trembled as he told us land based, spirit filled stories. ..As he sang we became aware of how his spirit soared in the singing, how his fingers stopped trembling as one of the world’s most wonderful soul voices reached out into the hearts of the jam packed crowd for as long as we can hear him, or hear his love infused refrains echoing in our rearranged molecules.
Coinciding with the launch of his memoir and accompanying new album this is an important Australian story as told by this country’s foremost First Nations elder statesman and storyteller. As a member of the Stolen Generations, Roach had a direct line to the pain and suffering indigenous families endured when children were taken from them. He condensed those emotions into a few minutes of music that stands as one of the great Australian ¬humanitarian artistic statements. THE AUSTRALIAN Everybody knows who Archie Roach is, and everybody who has heard Archie’s music is inevitably touched by it. Every take, whether a warm up or not, was sung as if it was Archie’s last ever performance. His eyes would close, his arms and fingers would splay out as if to reach into your soul and then his voice would nail you to the wall. Several times I could feel the tears welling up only to turn around and see Paul (Kelly) sitting to my rear with red eyes in the same boat. Archie is such a gentle soul but if he had a weapon it would be his voice. He could take down Armies with his beautiful voice and lyrics. I think of Archie as a national treasure, we are so lucky to have him. RICHARD PLEA
Marketing selling points
Iconic Australian Performer. A life story of struggle from Stolen Generation to the streets and on to the world’s biggest stages. Australia’s most admired Aboriginal singer/songwriter with a voice and sensibility that is this country’s most important song line. A venerable and dignified performer, who captured the hearts and minds of a nation with the landmark song, Took The Children Away. A story teller in the tradition of his ancestors, Archie relays and retells intimate real life stories as well as traditional stories of the Dreaming.
Key audience and marketing notes
ABC audience from Radio National to Double J where he has been strongly supported over 30 years. Mid - older festival demographic . Think Womad, Woodford, Port Fairy etc. Theatre audiences with an interest in powerful Australian story telling and compelling performance; An unique and intimate experience to share genuine personal insight of both contemporary and ancient Australian histories as told in song, stories and image.
Community Engagement activities
Post Show Meet & Greet / signings
What is this?
|Minimum C preferred but can adapt tech spec to smaller venues|
|Theatre formats||Highly experienced at presenting in all staging formats|
|Bump in (hours)||2|
|Bump out (hours)||1|
Basic lighting plot w AV tech spec adaptable to most, if not all in-house systems. Can be operated from bio box or externally
16 channel audio adaptable to most, if not all in-house systems. Preferably operated external to bio box if possible.
Minimal stage set up plus projection. No fly nor pit. Tuned piano would be great if possible in-house but we can supply own keyboard
Stage dimensions (meters)
|Width: Adaptable to space avail||Height: Adaptable to space avail|
|Depth: Adaptable to space avail||Wing space: Adaptable to space avail|
Easy low labour cost in and out