QTC, CIAF & CoCA PRESENTS | My Name is Jimi

Cairns, 26th June, 2017 – The Queensland Theatre Company will premiere the new work My Name Is Jimi at the Centre of Contemporary Arts on July 11.

Based on the story “Jimi Bani” by Dimple Bani, the show, which has been described as funny, moving and entertaining, has been co-created by director Jason Klarwein, and features appearances by four generations of the Bani family from Mabuiag Island in the Torres Strait.

The artistic director of Queensland Theatre Company, Sam Strong, said the decision to premiere the show in Cairns ahead of a three-week season in Brisbane took the company’s commitment to its home State and to Torres Strait and Islander work to the next level.

“My Name Is Jimi puts the Torres Strait island experience centre stage and allows us to have a really intimate audience with someone who I think is one of the most charismatic performers from throughout the country -- Jimi Bani.

“The show features song, music, dance, stand-up comedy, anthropology, video and even cotton wool clouds. It whisks us away to Jimi’s island in the Torres Strait. It introduces us to generations of his family, to traditional stories and also to the very contemporary challenge of how one preserves language and culture in changing times.”

The actor Jimi Bani’s credits include roles in Mabo, The Straits and Redfern Now. In the show he jokes in three languages with his grandmother and tortures his son with spontaneous public break-dancing. Jimi’s grandmother, mother, son and brothers help him spin yarns of totems, traditions and childhood memories. They share the challenges and tragedies they have faced with hope, honesty and humour, with one eye on a bright tomorrow 

My Name Is Jimi runs at CoCA from Tuesday (July 11) through to Saturday (July 15), with a preview on Monday (July 10).  Evening performances will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 7.30pm. Matinees will be held on Thursday at 11am (schools) and 3pm (AUSLAN interpreted), and on Saturday at 1pm.

Tickets, including the premiere, cost $34, concession $29 and preview show $29 and concession $24. The schools’ matinee costs $34 and concession $29 or $19 for student groups of 10 or more.


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