Theatre performance to unsettle audiences

12 April 2017

A group of talented Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people from Queensland Museum’s artist-in-residence program, unsettle, will take the stage for three nights in the theatrical production Anthro Apology.

CEO and Director of the Queensland Museum Network Professor Suzanne Miller said unsettle was a project delivered by Digi Youth Arts that was seeing renowned Queensland-based Indigenous artists mentor Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in a range of artistic mediums.

“The unsettle artists are drawing on objects from Queensland Museum’s State Collection as inspiration for works of film, street and visual art, music and theatre,” Professor Miller said.

“Through unsettle’s theatre program twelve talented young performers have developed their acting skills while others have learned the ropes behind the scenes as part of the technical crew.

“The team has worked incredibly hard on this project and I’m looking forward to watching the final product,” she said.

Written and directed by Queensland Museum’s Alethea Beetson, Anthro Apology draws attention to the complex relationship between cultural institutions and Indigenous peoples, and provokes people to question the colonial nature of cultural collections in galleries and museums. It is funny, heart-breaking and honest.

Queensland Museum is using unsettle as a tool to embrace and engage with Aboriginal People and Torres Strait Islanders, and enable them to develop feelings of ownership of their identity and the way their cultures are represented in the museum’s collections and programming.

Renowned artist and Digi Youth Arts Board Member Bianca Beetson said through unsettle Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youths would be given the chance to interact with objects, stories and images from the Queensland Museum collection and respond to the feelings that these evoked.

“unsettle will challenge the way museums see themselves and are used and viewed by others,” Ms Bianca Beetson said.

Tickets can be purchased for $15 online at anywheretheatre.com/listings/unsettle/.

Theatre performance times
• Saturday 20 May 7.00pm
• Sunday 21 May 7.00pm
• Monday 22 May 7.00pm

Venue
Queensland Museum, Corner Grey St & Melbourne St, South Brisbane QLD
Interview opportunities
• Alethea Beetson, Writer and Director of Anthro Apology (Indigenous Engagement Coordinator, Queensland Museum and Artistic Director, Digi Youth Arts)
• Imelda Miller, unsettle Curator, Queensland Museum
• Bianca Beetson, Board Member, Digi Youth Arts
• Actors involved in the performance

Media
media@qm.qld.gov.au
Heidi Jones, Queensland Museum, 3842 9388, 0416 273 279