Young performers to share surprising history of Albany Town Hall for relaunch festival

Sarah MakseAlbany Advertiser
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Chinjannup perform at the opening of the Albany Town Hall.
Camera IconChinjannup perform at the opening of the Albany Town Hall. Credit: Steve Pontin

Did you know the Albany Town Hall once hosted boxing matches, and housed a dentist’s surgery and the town’s jeweller?

These are a few of the surprising pieces of history set to be revealed in a short, comedic play set to be brought to the stage by Chinjannup, a newly formed group of young Noongar performers.

Written by Jon Doust to celebrate the revamp of the 132-year-old landmark, The True History of the Town Hall will be performed at the hall on Sunday at 7pm.

The Kwongkan Middars dancers will also take to the stage at Sunday’s Albany Town Hall Relaunch Festival event.

Organiser and actor Rachael Colmer said the play would not only bring laughs, but was being performed by the next generation of Menang Noongar artists.

“They are performing in a building that is on their land, that they have special connection to. Not just them but their families and family groups,” she said.

“The fact that they are Aboriginal and they can perform something that has happened on their land, in such a way that is lively and interesting and comedic at the same time, I think is wonderful to see.

“People should come down and have a look because it will broaden their horizons.”

Southern Edge Arts performers will also host a roaming drama and dance performance on Sunday morning from 11am, showcasing pieces they have written themselves.

Tickets to the free event are available at Paperbark Merchants online or in store.

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