Country Song will celebrate the life and music of Indigenous superstar Jimmy Little.
Queensland Theatre Company’s Country Song takes you on a heartfelt road trip through Jimmy Little’s past, taking in the major social changes that took place during his lifetime.
Acclaimed actor and musician Michael Tuahine came up with the original concept for the show, after being inspired by Jimmy Little and his extraordinary life.
“To be an Indigenous man and to have a hit song like Royal Telephone in the ‘60s, that’s just incredible,” he marvels.
Michael first met Jimmy Little in 2001, and quickly developed a strong relationship with him.
“Gentleman Jim, we called him,” he remembers. “Through all the stuff Jimmy had to go through during his life – the protectionist days of Aboriginal policy, the ‘70s and the militant protests – Jimmy stayed true to himself. He would always say, ‘I’m a singer, a song man, and that’s what I do’.”
Beyond celebrating Jimmy’s life and music, Michael says Country Song has a strong message for audiences to take away with them.
“There is a line in one of the songs we sing – ‘We shall walk this road together, stand by me’ – and this is what Jimmy was all about, bringing black, white, and all sorts of people together.
“Jimmy used to say, ‘Don’t use the colour of your skin or the circumstances of your life as an excuse not to be successful’.
“So let’s not wait for a tragedy, a flood or a fire to bring us together. There is no reason we can’t come together every day.”
Country Song plays at QPAC’s Cremorne Theatre from 4 July until 8 August. For tickets, visit www.queenslandtheatre.com.au