Two young women meet face to face for the first time across the bed of a dying man. Strangers to each other but bonded by blood and grief.
They are sisters. They break the cold silence of the hospital room to start a difficult conversation about the past and secrets; about the women who were their mothers, and why this man, their father, abandoned one family to make another.
When the past is dying and can't say sorry, how do you move on?
Starring Rabbit Proof Fence’s Natasha Wanganeen and Nadia Rossi (The Memory of Water), Sista Girl is an exploration of the relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians, via the story of two women who share a white father.
Whyalla-born, Port Pirie-raised Elena Carapetis, who is the State Theatre Company South Australia’s resident artist for 2017, co-wrote the production with Alexis West.
“I am so happy that I will be able to share my work with the wonderful people of Barngarla and Whyalla, the place where I was born,” Elena said.
“Living the early part of my life in country South Australia had a huge impact on the person I am today and it is a privilege to be able to give something back to the community.”
“I hope you will enjoy the stories as they unfold, I hope you get that little electric shock of joy as you witness something familiar play out, about the kinds of people and places that are dear to your hearts.”
Strangers to each other but sisters by blood, these two young women break the silence between them and unfold the complex nature of family in Sista Girl.
Sista Girl is touring to smaller communities further out in regional SA as part of a strategy between Country Arts SA and State Theatre Company SA.
Country Arts SA’s Arts Programs Director Anthony Peluso said Sista Girl is the second work to tour to regional South Australia as part of a new four year strategy between Country Arts SA and State Theatre Company South Australia.
“More communities than ever before will see this newly commissioned theatre work, including in Ceduna and Tailem Bend for the first time,” he said.
“We are looking for new communities to come on board each year.”
Sista Girl is part of the State Theatre Company’s Education Program.
There are limited tickets for the general public for each performance.
Where: Port Augusta Institute Theatre, Port Augusta
When: Thursday, May 18, 1pm and 7pm
How to book: Bookings can be made at the Cultural Centre Booking Office, phone 8641 9176