ONE of the highlights of Bangarra Dance Theatre’s ongoing 25th birthday celebrations in the coming weeks is a production about the life of award-winning Indigenous and openly-gay actor David Page.

Also part of Corroboree Sydney 2014, Page 8 is a poignant one-man show about Page, a Munaldjali and Nunukal man, and tells the story of his life, including his coming out journey.

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First performed in 2004 with sold-out seasons across Australia and a seven-week tour in the UK, reviews from the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and the UK edition of The Guardian described the work as “beautifully crafted” and a “wonderfully performed piece of autobiographical theatre”; “a personal triumph shared with humour and flair”; and “a poignant one-man performance”.

“I’m so excited about bringing Page 8 back to the stage,” Page said.

“It may be a one-man show but really, it is an intimate performance about my family, and about growing up around the special people who make you who you are today.”

Page’s younger brother, director and Bangarra’s Artistic Director Stephen Page, described Page 8 as “a love letter to our family, our history and our culture. It’s about courage, vulnerability, love, pain and loss. Above all, it’s about keeping happy and sane, respecting yourself, your family, your dreaming”.

Bangarra Dance Theatre is Australia’s premier national Indigenous performing arts company.

Page 8 is showing at Bangarra’s Walsh Bay theatres until December 14. Details: click here.

(Main photo: David Page on stage for his latest show. Photo: Heidrun Lohr)

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