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Colleen Johnson wrote the short play Welcome to Country as part of a Creative Writing Degree she started in 2008 whilst attending Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education, Batchelor, Northern Territory. She had two short stories and two poems published in the 2009 Anthology My Hands, Your Pen, A Voice, a collection of writing by Indigenous Creative Writing Students; two short stories published in Telling Histories, a community project involving stories from six Aboriginal Elders of Bundaberg, Queensland in 2010; and a short story published in Southerly Journal-the Indigenous Edition-in 2011. Possessing a Diploma of Creative Writing, Colleen recently completed a Diploma of Screen and Media at Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education, May 2012. She currently lives in Queensland.
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Welcome To Country
Welcome To Country
The main character, Mavis, is an Aboriginal grandmother who is babysitting her four grandchildren. In a relaxed mood brought on by sipping red wine, she shares with her grandchildren her views created by inner emotional turmoil. She is anxious about doing a 'Welcome to Country' speech-the first in her town. Mavis' talent for storytelling ensures that her grandchildren obediently listen. She talks about events from her past and events of Aboriginal history and briefly outlines the issues that Native Title has created for this country and community. Through justifying her views and reinforcing in her grandchildren pride in their Aboriginal identity, she comes to terms with accepting the role of public speaker-if only to support her community-minded daughter.
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drama 10 min
Male: 2 Female: 2 Other: 4 children with minimal dialogue, may be performed as a solo piece if preferred
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