Dinner table debates inspire Zac James’ land rights theatre foray

Story by Emma Ruben – Full story available at NIT

When native title is brought up around the family dinner table, it can often make for colourful conversations.

Like most who have had discussions about their native title, Wongi, Yamatji and Murri man Zac James remembers the different atmosphere which came upon the room when his family and board of directors got together to discuss native title.

It’s these experiences which come together to form Kangaroo Stew, an Indigenous-led play about native title, culture and land sale in a family.

Aside from his role as Yirra Yaakin creative director and Desert Wirla artistic director, an independent theatre company, James is currently performing in Meyne Wyatt’s City of Gold.

James said it was great to be part of a production with strong First Nations representation in the room.

“With Zachary Rolfe last week, when that heinous decision was made, there was a moment where there was eight of us mob together and one Maori person, all First Nations mob” he said.