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Anderson & Ipeta : a musical in one act

by Mark Dunbar (2005)

Anderson & Ipeta


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Anderson & Ipeta : a musical in one act / by Mark Dunbar.

Library shelf no. 782.14/DUN 4 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Anderson & Ipeta is a re-imagining of the characters involved in, and the motives for the massacre that occurred at Myall Creek, NSW in 1838. After a party of white stockmen, mostly convicts and ticket-of-leave men, murdered a defenseless party of Aboriginal old men, women and children, there was an investigation and a trial. The men were acquitted, and then upon retrial, convicted. Seven white men were hanged for the atrocity. This was the first time white men were hanged for murdering Aboriginal Australians. One young convict, George Anderson refused to participate in the crime, and provided crucial evidence at both trials. Anderson & Ipeta is a work of fiction based on these events.

Work Details

Year: 2005

Instrumentation: 9 actor/singers (soprano, mezzo-soprano, alto, 2 tenors, high baritone, 2 baritones, bass), 5 actors, SATB chorus, string orchestra (or string quintet).

Duration: 90 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Commission note: Commissioned by Brisbane Canto Coro & Blackface Productions

First performance: 31 Jul 05. BEMAC Space Yungaba, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
music theatre, musical, Aboriginal content.

Anderson & Ipeta is the 2nd part of the Unsung Trilogy. Part one is Hornets Wedding and part two is Damage'.

Revised 2016

Performances of this work

31 Jul 05: BEMAC Space Yungaba, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane

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