Damage : a music-drama in 7 scenes
by Mark Dunbar (2007)
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Damage : a music drama in seven scenes / Mark Dunbar ; book by Graham Akhurst, Carmen Attel, Mark Dunbar & Nik Hills.
Library shelf no. 782.14/DUN 6 [Available for loan]
Damage is a music-drama in 7 scenes. It describes a fictional 'day in the life' of four young Aboriginal friends living in Brisbane in 2007. Based on research and the experiences of the librettists, Damage is a graphic, and sometimes humourous depiction of the petty racism, marginalisation, and instances of race-based violence Indigenous Australians still frequently grapple with today. Set against the backdrop of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, and in particular the deaths of Daniel Yock in Brisbane in 1993 and Cameron Doomadgee on Palm Island in 2004, Damage is a 'survivors' guide' that honours the power of community and friendship in an unkind world.
Instrumentation: 4 actor/singers, SATB chorus with soloists, string orchestra (or string quintet), electric lead guitar, bass guitar, keyboard/synth/piano, acoustic guitar (on-stage), percussion (3 players: 2 vibraphones, xylophone, glockenspiel, drum kit, claves, snare drum, bass drum, cymbal, triangle, tam-tam).
Duration: 90 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — some contemporary techniques
Commission note: Commissioned by Brisbane Canto Coro
Text by Graham Akhurst, Carmen Attel, Mark Dunbar & Nik Hills.
The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
music theatre, musical, opera, Aboriginal content, contemporary Australian Indigenous content, social justice
- Has as subject/About: Indigenous Australian Culture
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