Billy’s Choice is a new play set in Lockdown Victoria 2020 on Wamba Wamba country near present day Swan Hill and in inner city Melbourne, Eastern Kulin Nations. It explores the conflict that can arise as young people seek independence, focusing on the cultural and political contexts of growing up in modern Indigenous Australia. It is a story about expectations, and the challenges of moving away from family and Country. Young Billy (Brodie Murray) is facing big decisions about his future and identity as he looks towards life after school. His father John (Corey Saylor-Brunskill) is an Indigenous leader in the Koorie Justice sector who pushes Billy to pursue studies at Uni. Meanwhile Billy’s uncle, Wumyah (Dion Williams) counsels Billy to be patient and listen to country to help him think. Buried family secrets emerge and tensions arise as Billy starts to uncover the truth behind John and Wumyah’s strained relationship. What he chooses to do next rests on his uncle’s wisdom, and memories of the past.
Story adapted for digital presentation by filmmaker Davide Michielin
Dramaturg: Geoff Kelso
This work was originally developed as part of Yirra Yaakin’s ‘Yirra Yaarnz 2020’ play reading series in Perth.
This project is amplified by Craig Semple as part of Melbourne Fringe’s ShowSupport.
Photo by: Denise Martin
Warning: Contains mild coarse language
“This play is huge achievement for Brodie Murray... what will he do next?” - Stage Whispers (Review of Soul of Possum, Yirramboi Festival)
“This story is so important to share with wider audiences... a must watch play” - Blak Critics (Review of Soul of Possum, Yirramboi Festival)