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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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"This was a great experience for our high school young people. It was such a great day of learning, connecting to culture, learning the histories of the area. " TripAdvisor, Australia, August 2022
"This by far was the best experience I’ve ever had. The things you learn is so invaluable, you do not learn of this stuff in schools and it should be. I felt this deep in my heart, made me cry and it will forever be a moment I will remember. " TripAdvisor, Australia, August 2022
"I would highly recommend this show to anyone. The cast gave a moving true story of the aboriginal people and what they went through. It was eye-opening and educational. Thank you for an amazing night that we will never forget! " TripAdvisor, Australia, May 2022
"It’s absolutely lovely to be able to be a part of celebrating NAIDOC and First Nations Culture. Loved the stalls and Indigenous artworks and businesses. Especially loved the dancing, Bush Tucker Bunjie and the Educational sessions. " TripAdvisor, Australia, July 2022
"Second year we have been and it's just amazing. Great food, entertainment and the markets are fantastic.. always stock up on my Davidson Plum jam - yum! And there is a young artist there, Stephen Hogarth, who is brilliant.. love his work. Well worth the visit. I'll be back next… " TripAdvisor, Australia, July 2022
"This is a story that every Australian, every Queenslander - and every visitor to Queensland - needs to know. The performers did a great job of telling us a very confronting story that must be extremely painful to tell. I felt humbled that the performers were prepared to share… " TripAdvisor, Australia, July 2022