Event: My Name is Jimi

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Based on a story by Dimple Bani, Jimi Bani, and co-created with Jason Klarwein.
Presented by Queensland Theatre, Centre of Contemporary Arts and Cairns Indigenous Art Fair. 


Mabuiag Island: a remote speck in the sparkling blue of the Torres Strait. Thousands of years of rich history and culture, with just a few hundred people keeping its flame. Now its favourite son is joking in three languages with his grandmother and torturing his son with spontaneous public break-dancing.  Charismatic actor Jimi Bani (Mabo, The Straits, Redfern Now) whisks you away to his island for an evening of music, dance, stand-up and storytelling.

Four generations of one family take the stage, as Jimi’s grandmother, mother, son and brothers help him spin yarns of totems, traditions and childhood  memories. The islanders have lived through dark times and light, and this intimate show examines the challenges and tragedies they have faced with hope, honesty and humour, looking towards a bright tomorrow.

My Name is Jimi is the story of a small community of people clinging tightly to each other, and fighting to protect what really matters, in the whirling chaos of a rapidly changing  world.



Director: Jason Klarwein

Designers: Simone Tesorieri and Simona Cosentini

Lighting Designer: Daniel Anderson

Sound and Projection Designer: Justin Harrison

Cast: Dmitri Ahwang-Bani, Agnes Bani, Conwell Bani, Jimi Bani, Petharie Bani and Richard Bani



This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts and funding advisory body. 

Event details

Dates:Tuesday, 11 Jul 2017 - Saturday, 15 Jul 2017

World Premiere Tuesday 11th July 7:30pm | SOLD OUT

Evening Performances: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday | 7.30pm

Matinees: Thursday 13th 11am (schools) & 3pm (Auslan Interpreted) | Saturday 15th 1pm

Preview: Monday 10th | 7.30pm

Approximately 70 mins duration

Venue:The Theatre, Centre of Contemporary Arts Cairns
Associations:Queensland Theatre, CoCA and CIAF

Evening Performances (incl. Opening Night) & Matinees: Full $34 | Concession $29

Preview: Full $29 | Concession $24

Schools Matinee (Thurs 13th 11am): Student Groups 10+ $19 | Full $34 | Concession $29