Connecting with Country through theatre

Mitch King's new work is about storytelling on Country, with and for the community, and about the Yaegl people's connection with Biirrinba, the Clarence River.

Having worked for most of his adult life as a youth worker, Yaegl Bundjalung man Mitch King is especially keen for young First Nations people to come and see his new theatre production, Flow.

‘Particularly young Indigenous men and women, they go through today’s world understanding where they fit and where they sit, and the connections we have with culture and community, but also the disconnect we have at times … so there’s that sense of representation and reconnection back to culture within the work. It’s a storytelling of losing identity and then coming back, and a lot of people can understand that,’ he explained.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts