QTC, CIAF & CoCA Presents | My Name is Jimi Tonight

Cairns, 11th July, 2017 The highs and lows of life in the Torres Straits will be told through an entertaining mix of song, music, dance and stand-up comedy when four generations of the Bani family take to the Centre of Contemporary Arts stage from tonight (July 11) for the world premiere of Queensland Theatre Company’s ‘My Name Is Jimi’. 

Cairns audiences will have the opportunity to experience the funny and moving show at evening or matinee performances this week only before it heads to Brisbane for a three-week season at Queensland Theatre.

A matinee performance for schools will be held on Thursday (July 13) at 11am and an AUSLAN interpreted performance will be held at 3pm.   

Jimi Bani the actor is known for his roles in Mabo, The Straits and Redfern Now. The show, My Name is Jimi, is based on a story “Jimi Bani” by Dimple Bani and co-created by director Jason Klarwein.

Jimi’s grandmother, mother, son and brothers help him to spin yarns of totems, traditions and childhood memories, some dark, some light.

The Mabuiag islanders share the challenges and tragedies they have faced with hope, honesty and humour, while always looking towards a bright future. Charismatic Jimi Bani shines as he jokes with his grandmother in three languages and tortures his son with spontaneous public break-dancing.

The decision to premiere the show in Cairns is a statement of Queensland Theatre Company’s commitment to its home State and taking Torres Strait and Islander work to the next level, according to QTC artistic director Sam Strong.

“The show features song, music, dance, stand-up comedy, anthropology and video. 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,” Mr Strong said.

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.

My Name Is Jimi runs at CoCA from Tuesday (July 11) through to Saturday (July 15), with a special 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. Visit www.artscairns.com.au for more information.


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