Through the language of dance, song, storytelling and imagery, renowned Aboriginal theatre and dance practitioners have collaborated to develop a powerful new work – Three Brothers.

The poignancy of this story rests in the parallel of a fictional Aboriginal family to the ancestral ‘Three Brothers’ creation story of the Bundjalung people. Three Brothers glimpses into the lives of the three characters and tackles notions around death, family, immortality and the struggles of contemporary life. It is a story of healing old wounds, addressing truths and sharing deep secrets in a new century.

“Three brothers return to country from the north, south and west. All three have made regular pilgrimages for funerals, but none has had quite the effect of the wake following their father’s burial. This is a story of healing old wounds, addressing truths and sharing deep secrets in a new century.” 

Co-Director, Rhoda Roberts

Creative team and cast

Directed and devised by Rhoda Roberts and Julian Louis
Performers/Devisors | David Page, Tibian Wyles, Kirk Page
Cultural and visual art consultant | Djon Mundine
Music Composition | David Page


Alongside the making of Three Brothers are community projects including the development of a Bundjalung Welcome Song, basket weaving workshops and youth dance workshops that will feed into the creative development of the new work, and form part of the presentation in 2017.

Bundjalung Nghari

Bundjalung Nghari – is a permanent Generator initiative of both community engagement and the creation of a new work. NORPA wants to see local indigenous works created, inspired by the history, both rich and tragic, building connection to story and understanding.

The first work to come through the Bundjalung Nghari process is Three Brothers.


Three Brothers is a partnership between NORPA, Bundjalung Elders Council, Ngulingah Local Aboriginal Land Council, the Northern Rivers Conservatorium, Playwriting Australia and Interrelate Family Centre. Together we will create, produce and present a new and innovative theatre work Three Brothers that will premiere at NORPA in Lismore in 2017 and have a short presentation as part of APAM 2016.

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Photos: Kate Holmes and Rebecca Rushbrook