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Welcome to our 2019 Season

In 2019, we will again support Territory artists to deliver local stories and much more! Here is a sneak peak, so get excited! There will be 3 new plays in our SHIMMER Season of new Territory theatre:

  • Coal Face by Sarah Hope in May 2019

Coal Face is set in an unnamed town, that could be any mining town in regional Australia. It centres around now orphaned adult siblings, Jemima and Josh. Josh is working on the mine, like his father before him and lives in the old family home. Jemima has returned to join the group protesting the mine. On the protest, she meets a traditional owner who is intimately linked with the family.

Coal Face has been carefully researched and developed in consultation with the communities of Nhulunbuy and Yirrkala in East Arnhem Land and informed by the real- life conflict of the writer’s life having grown up the beneficiary of mining but informed of its impact, both on the environment and Indigenous Australia.

  • And I’m the Queen of Sheba by Kate Wyvill, makes its triumphant return to the stage in June 2019

Alma lives on a spectacular but debt-ridden cattle station somewhere in the middle of nowhere. The cattle are long gone and no income is coming in but she refuses to give up her home. Out of the blue a wealthy stranger appears bearing gifts. Alma spies a plan of salvation. Hope is on the horizon and prosperity is in the air … or is a thunderous storm of tumult rolling her way?

Hilarity and tragedy sweep the stage as these beguiling and feisty characters battle for security in their unstable world.

Don’t miss the triumphant return of this play to Brown’s Mart stage, written by Kate Wyvill (Marbles, The Wardrobe) with dramaturgy by multi award-winning stage and screenwriter, Katherine Thomson (Diving for Pearls, House of Hancock, Schapelle)

  • Cusp by Mary Anne Butler in October 2019

Elvis wants Rosie. Rosie wants to escape. Maddie doesn’t know what the hell she wants; but it sure isn’t this. CUSP explores the lives of three emerging adults as they swim against the tides of irrevocable change, asking the central question: How do you move into the future, when your past keeps dragging you backwards?

Cusp was developed in partnership with the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP), as part of Playwriting Australia’s Ignition program. The production will be a co-production with ATYP with the possibility of a Sydney season in early 2020.


The BM Education Program kicks off in late February with the school syllabus-linked and all-time favourite play, COSI by Louis Nowra.


NT News Live on Fridays returns in May, showcasing free live music every Friday during the Dry in the BM Courtyard.

Club Culture Thursday’s, in association with Skinny Fish Music, Brown’s Mart will present music and entertainment from Darwin’s culturally diverse community every Thursday in the Dry.

Of course, there will heaps other of good works, projects and developments!

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