[MUSIC/Events ~ SA]
Courtyard at Migration Museum, Fri 14 Feb.
We sit in the courtyard of the Migration Museum where many of our ancestors may have trod before us. Michaela’s did; they have their names engraved on some of the paving stones we walked upon. So much love and stories of struggles and work within these walls, it is such an apt place for us to listen to A Migrant’s Son which is a beautiful collection of family stories told masterfully by Michaela who clearly loves the subject matter and people whose stories, and characters, she brings to life.
It is obvious that she has watched and listened as the child she was, to the stories shared around the dining table, and that we now have the privilege of learning about through her ability to take on the characteristics and accents of various family members so that they are almost telling their stories themselves.
Her family story begins with the decision by her propappoús (great grand-father) to make a better life for the coming generations, to be free, which for this family means moving home and country for a new unknown world. We learn of some of the struggles they went through and the life they have created and continue to create here in Adelaide.
Michaela’s story intertwines with our own, especially if you have grown up in Adelaide, and with the help of respectful staging, photos projected on to the surround windows, a very tight 3 piece band featuring Carol Young, Steve Todd and George Grifas and the La La Land choir, we are transported to the islands of Greece and the following adventure that the family travels on.
Michaela’s performance shows so much love and respect for her history and family. A Migrant’s Son is a beautiful piece of theatre.
A Migrant’s Son continues at Courtyard at Migration Museum from 7pm until Sun 16 Feb.
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