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SEPTEMBER 2021

IN DEVELOPMENT

Music and Lyrics by SHELLIE MORRIS

Performed by SHELLIE MORRIS

Directed by JOSEPH SIMONS

Designed by ADAM GARDNIR

Lighting Design by KAREN NORRIS

THE SHOW

Growing up with white adopted parents in Sydney, Shellie Morris remembers first meeting another aboriginal person at the age of fifteen.

 

Later as an adult, in an extraordinary return to country, Shellie travelled

to the Northern Territory to learn more about the Boroloola People

of the traditional Gulf Country (Gulf of Carpentaria) of the

Yanyuwa People.

On this inspiring journey, Shellie meets her birth family and speaks her language for the first time. From these joyous gatherings of family and community, Shellie recorded new songs in language and has

now embarked on the journey to become an

official 'Song Woman'.

CREATIVE TEAM

 

SHELLIE MORRIS

Writer and Performer

Poignant, wise and full of humour, Shellie Morris’ illustrious career has balanced being one of Australia’s most celebrated singer-songwriters with her unwavering commitment to healing through music within communities. Armed with personal experience of connection and disconnection, Shellie imparts the importance of having a voice, listening to one another and that every individual is important. Her uplifting new single Footsteps (released February 2019) connects people through language, song and spirit.


While she has been in the spotlight for many years with her involvement with Black Arm Band, Deadly Awards, multiple ARIA nominations, a Music Australia award, a NAIDOC Award and a prestigous G.R. Burarrawanga Memorial Award, by and large, Shellie works on the ground reaffirming the identity of all those around her.
 

Shellie creates music and sings in around seventeen Aboriginal languages, many considered “sleeping”. Since discovering her Wardaman and Yanyuwa roots over 20 years ago, she has tirelessly worked to improve the lives of Indigenous Australians, especially in the Northern Territory.
 

She was the 2014 Northern Territory Australian of the Year and has won multiple awards personally and for her collaborations including the landmark album Ngambala Wiji li-Wunungu and the internationally award-winning musical documentary Prison Songs. The documentary has won film and humanitarian awards around the world and was nominated for five AACTA awards (including best sound and score), ATOM Awards - Best Indigenous Resource and a Walkley Documentary Award.

 

Through honesty, music and her trademark smile, Shellie Morris aims to gently encourage change.

​“I’ve worked in more than 70 remote Australian communities in my career, I’ve learnt to sing in more than 17 Aboriginal languages – many of which are considered “sleeping” or close to extinction. First Nations cultures have always used the arts as the main way of communicating over the ages, as an education tool for kids’ learning, lore, law, inter-tribal communication and imparting social mores. I’m continuing this.” - Shellie Morris