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Theatre Program - Peter Scriven, 'Tintookies in a New Play Little Fella Bindi', 1958 Document Reg. No: HT 24210

Program from Peter Scriven's 1958 production of 'Little fella bindi'. The program has a brown cover and a large photograph of the puppet 'Little fella Bindi' holding hands with a possum. This was Scriven's second major puppet musical, and it was inspired by a newspaper article about an Aboriginal boy found alone in the desert. The show remained a personal favourite of Scriven's, although he was later to remark that 'Bindi was rather like having a son you can't stand but put up with because he is part of you'.

The story begins 'Long Ago in the Dreamtime' with Bindi, 'the last of his tribe', playing happily among the native animals until he realises that he must leave them to join 'Human' (read European settler) society. The finale had a uniformed Bindi marching off to school as the alphabet is intoned over a refrain of the Dreamtime song from the show's overture. Bindi's good friend. Gaga the wombat, is left alone on the stage, abandoned and uncomprehending, before he scampers offstage to rejoin his kind. Apart from Bindi and the animal cast, the show also starred 'the tintookies' who, in both form and function, now more closely resembled the 'native' sprites of supposed legend. 'Little Fella Bindi' premiered at Her Majesty's Theatre in Brisbane in 1958.
Paper program stapled in centre, from Peter Scriven's 1958 production of 'Little fella bindi' with a brown cover and a large photograph of the puppets:"Little fella Bindi" holding hands with a possum.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Michael Reason, 2010
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 216 mm (Height), 271 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: theatrical performances, comedy, aboriginal depictions, puppetry, cultural stereotypes
Themes this item is part of: Cultural Diversity Collection, Leisure Collection, Identity: Yours, Mine, Ours, Immigration Museum Exhibition, 2011-2021, Objects & Cultural Stereotypes in Museum Victoria Collections
Primary Classification: CULTURAL IDENTITY
Secondary Classification: Ethnicity
Tertiary Classification: stereotypes
Inscriptions: Front cover: Comedy Theatre/ Peter Scriven's tintookies in a new play 'Little fella Bindi'/ Music and lyrics by Eris Rasdall/ Written and Directed by Peter Scriven
Person Named: Mr Peter Scriven, Australia, 1958
Place & Date of Event: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 1958

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