The story of Spirits of the Red Sand is based on true events and authentic elements of Aboriginal culture. Many of our characters have been inspired by real people living in 1800’s Australia. All of our Aboriginal actors are direct descendants of Australian Aboriginal mobs – their families experienced many of the events they bring to life in the show.
The only child of Jarrah, and to everyone's surprise, a 'half-breed' child. This has always raised a lot of concern, suspicion and questions. Despite this, Kiara is a free-spirited soul who seems to dance through life. She brings a spirit of peace and joy to everyone, turning sad and bad situations into life-giving moments of joy and friendship. She loves learning, and is especially close to Hannah, an Irish missionary who teaches Kiara how to read the bible. She was an incredibly fast learner - through her new learned knowledge, she has begun questioning the laws of equality and justice.
The middle brother, Marlu is a man of fine appearance and easy-going personality that makes him friends with all he meets. Adventurous spirited, Marlu often wanders far from the tribal camp in exploration seeking more knowledge of earth, nature, sky and animal existence. Over the years he has become a skilled tracker and is often called upon to find missing children or criminals. He was selected for an arranged marriage to settle a dispute; moving south to marry his wife. He went on to have 5 children, the eldest called Gulibah - the spitting image of his dad in every way.
The oldest among the three brothers, Muggera is a strong, proud yet self-assured man of quiet and humble disposition. Passionate about Aboriginal culture, Muggera is philosophical in nature and deeply traditional. Bought up by his grandparents, he is the closest to what represents the true essence of the Mirigan people of old. While other children played games in the Red Sands of their homeland, Muggera spent his youth in the presence of elders and councils. Everyone in his mob knew he was destined to play a significant role in decision making for his people.
Sent to Australia as a missionary from Ireland to minister to Aboriginal people, Hannah wasn't happy with the way religious organisations were treating the indigenous people and often spoke her thoughts to local colonial leaders. She focuses her attention on working closely with the Aboriginal culture and mobs, visiting many communities as she travels northwards. She often falls out of favour with local colonials by publicly denouncing their preaching of denigration concerning the indigenous people. Her friendship and compassion with the local mob, especially Kiara, is not looked upon favourably by all.
The eldest son of Marlu, born and raised in South Australia by his mother's mob. Gulibah knows little of his father's family in the north other than the stories his father Marlu has told him, which, over time, have become extremely exaggerated - making this side of Gulibah's family tree feel like demigods. Gulibah grew up learning to be an experienced tracker like his father, a sought-after skill in both the Aboriginal culture and by new migrants. Gulibah's personality is a cross between his father, Marlu, and his uncle Jarrah - Gulibah is both a hearty fighter and a talented tracker.
"I would highly recommend this experience- a lot of learnings to be had. Hard-hitting and confronting at times - this was very well put together to keep the audience engaged. We went in the evening and the setting/lighting and effects were stunning. The evening meal was very tasty and HUGE! Everyone was very friendly and helpful throughout the evening." TripAdvisor, Australia, April 2021
"Had a fantastic day and evening with my family and would recommend to anyone of all ages and nationalities. I am in awe of the dancers and singers and found it to be the most memorable ANZAC day I have had in years." Trip Advisor, Australia, April 2021
"This was a very spiritual and moving ceremonial remembrance of the Aboriginals, Torres Strait Islanders, New Zealanders and others who fought for Australia. I encourage all to attended and learn of these proud cultures." TripAdvisor, Australia, May, 2021
"Great environment to learn about aboriginal culture and understand the things better. Nice to see the co-work between the cultures and make experiences happen for a lot of people." TripAdvisor, Brisbane, Australia, May 2021
"Organising an excursion for 50 preps is always difficult, however, Spirits of the Red Sand is an easy choice. The event is extremely age-appropriate! My preps were engaged and enthralled by the experiences. Thank you for a memorable time we will be back!" TripAdvisor, Australia, May 2021