Featuring the Ararat City Band, this double bill brings you two stories about love, music and war – and all the things that people leave behind. The show includes jazz and brass music from the 1920s – 1940s, and will feature the Ararat City Band.
Stardust tells the story of Col Brain, a professional trumpet /cornet player and bandmaster. Before Col died, he stored all of his life’s possessions into a wooden dresser and locked it up, never to be opened again.
The Mission tells the story of Allan McDonald: a “Fighting Gunditjmara” man from south-west Victoria, who was one of the State’s first Indigenous soldiers to enlist for war. Allan fought at some of WWI’s most famous campaigns, including Gallipoli and Beersheba – only to be denied a soldier’s settlement on his ultimate return to Australia, and forced from his land at the Lake Condah Mission. So what drives someone to fight for a country that doesn’t even recognise them as a citizen? How do you keep fighting in an unjust world and why?