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From Campfire to Stage Light hits the road

FROM a childhood spent on outback cattle stations to world tours and serendipitous moments in the sun, David Bindi Hudson takes his autobiographical story, From Campfire to Stage Light, on the road in June, starting in Cairns and then stopping at 10 Queensland theatres.  

The Queensland tour of From Campfire to Stage Light begins with a three-night season in Cairns (Thursday 13 to Saturday 15 June) before one-night stopovers in Caloundra, Townsville, Ipswich, Gladstone, Mackay, Bundaberg, Logan, Gold Coast, Redlands, to finish in Toowoomba on Saturday 14 July 2024.  

After celebrating its world premiere at Cairns Indigenous Art Fair in 2022, the critically acclaimed co-production of JUTE Theatre Company and Didge-Ralia, From Campfire to Stage Light is an engaging performance by born and bred Far North Queenslander and master storyteller David Bindi Hudson, a descendant of the Ewamian-Western Yalanji peoples of the western Far North Queensland region. 

From Campfire to Stage Light was written by David Bindi Hudson with Kathryn Ash and Cindy Hudson.

David Bindi Hudson is known for his star quality and rare combination of talents that shine bright in whatever he sets his mind to—be it singer-songwriter, dancer, actor, visual artist, or cultural leader for Indigenous Australia.

In preparing to take his one-man show on the road next month, Mr Hudson said he hopes From Campfire to Stage Light will inspire a new generation of artists and performers. 

“I can’t wait to take Queensland audiences on a personal journey grounded in my connection to culture and Country and commitment to intergenerational knowledge sharing,” he said.

“I feel honoured and proud to bring my life’s story to audiences across Queensland, sharing the rich cultural heritage of my people and inspiring others to find strength and pride in their own stories.” 

David bindi hudson is honoured to bring his story tp queensland audiences Image paul furse frontrow foto
David Bindi Hudson is honoured to bring his story tp Queensland audiences IMAGE Paul Furse Frontrow Foto

JUTE Theatre Company’s Artistic Director and CEO Suellen Maunder said that David is an extraordinary performer, and his story is destined to resonate with Queensland audiences as it did in 2022.

“From Campfire to Stage Light is a play about opportunity, hope and how one man’s affinity with culture and the arts can inspire and ignite a whole new generation of storytellers,” Ms Maunder said.  

From Campfire to Stage Light is laden with yarns and jewels of Hudson’s life – not the least of which covers his musical art and popularising the didgeridoo, performing in a world tour with Greek composer, Yanni, his passion for educating people about First Nations’ culture and success in co-founding the award-winning dance troupe and Australia’s longest running theatrical production ‘Tjapukai’. 

From Campfire to Stage Light will be performed from 13 June to 14 July in 11 Queensland theatres from Cairns to Caloundra, Townsville, Ipswich, Gladstone, Mackay, Bundaberg, Logan, Gold Coast, Redlands, and Toowoomba.  

Bookings and tour dates are on the JUTE website.

Keep up with the latest news in Cairns and the Far North, and check out some of our top stories this week: Holloways Beach assault and Elite Executive celebrates milestone 12 years.

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