Due to restrictions of gatherings as implemented by the government in response to COVID-19, HotHouse Theatre is unable to present the Mission Songs Project with Jessie Lloyd on the original dates planned in May 2020.
This project’s heart is absolutely connected to our local Aboriginal community with our Mission Songs Choir, which will perform alongside Jessie. Our first responsibility is to protect the safety of this community as we know that it includes people with vulnerable health conditions.
We are in close consultation with the Mission Songs producer, Performing Lines and are discussing rescheduled dates. If restrictions are lifted and the community has regained some confidence, we may be able to look at dates from mid-August.
HotHouse Theatre is committed to presenting this work at a suitable time in the future.
For ticket sales to date, they will be held, and we will be in touch with information about changes to our 2020 program as soon as possible.
ABOUT MISSIONS SONGS
Searching for the secular songs that were sung after church, Jessie Lloyd uncovers the day to day life on the missions, settlements and reserves. Through music, intimate storytelling, moving harmonies and with historical insight, Jessie Lloyd takes audiences on a musical journey across Australia – using humour and truth to share the voices of Elders, as they would, around a warm campfire or kitchen table.
From cultural identity to love and loss, these rare songs, performed by an extraordinary trio of Indigenous singers, unearth almost forgotten stories that illuminate the history of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Elders, families and communities.
In 2019, four prominent voices from our Aboriginal community – Aunty Valda Murray, Racheal Oak Butler, Aaron Perkins-Kemp- Berger and Bobby Whybrow – worked with Jessie Lloyd penning two original songs to contribute to the Mission Songs Project, reflecting life in our region. Celebrate with us as our four local songwriters, together with local community members, take to the stage with Jessie Lloyd to share their stories through song.
Image courtesy of Jessie Lloyd