‘Amulet’ production’s extraordinary stories bound for the national stage


Fiestaville Multicultural Choir has been invited to perform their musical theatre production ‘Amulet’ as part of this year’s National Folk Festival in Canberra.
The choir was developed as a vehicle for older residents to participate in an enjoyable, accessible, cultural development activity, celebrating and drawing directly from the local area’s multicultural demographic.
‘Amulet’ reveals the stories of individual choir members through music, stories, images and songs, with some of the lyrics written by AWGIE award-winning playwright P.P. Cranney.
The audience is drawn into the performers’ tragi-comic experiences, which are emphasised through songs which highlight what we have in common, despite our different backgrounds.
Previous performances have prompted the following responses:

“Everyone in Australia should see this show.”
“It makes you proud to be part of a multicultural community.”

“When older women walk down the street, you don’t see them. This show shines a light on them in a way that honours them and makes you love and appreciate them.”
Choir members originate from 16 countries including Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, Taiwan, mainland China, Hong Kong, India, Fiji, Philippines, French Mauritius, Ireland, Canada, Sweden, Slovenia, Italy and Australia.
Beautiful portrait photographs of each choir member, together with other personal photographs provided by the singers, are woven through the performance as the stories unfold.
The production will be performed at Council’s Civic Theatre in Hurstville before heading to Canberra, where it will be performed twice at the Trocadero at the National Folk Festival being held at Exhibition Park in Canberra.

Hurstville Performance
When:            Friday 7 April at 7.00pm
Where:           Civic Theatre, MacMahon Street, Hurstville
Cost:              Entry is by donation ($5 - $10 recommended).

Parking in Hurstville

Car parks in Hurstville CBD provide a number of free and paid public car parks:

  • Patrick St

  • 15 Dora Street

  • Gloucester Road

  • Treacy Street

  • Palm Court

  • Westfield Shopping Centre

  • 7-9 The Avenue

  • Hurstville Central Shopping Centre, located above Hurstville Railway Station (fees apply), access via Forest Road on the northern side of the railway line, or from the southern side of the line via Ormond Parade

  • Paid public carpark under Waratah Private Hospital (fees apply, first 3 hours free), entry on Dora Street.

Canberra Performances
Sunday 16 April, 4.30pm
                       Monday 17 April, 12.00pm
Where:           National Folk Festival, Trocadero, Exhibition Park, Canberra

Entry is open to Festival goers.

For festival tickets: http://folkfestival.org.au/tickets/

For more information about ‘Amulet’ performances or the Fiestaville Multicultural Choir please contact Anne-Marie Wiles, Cultural Development Officer on 9330 6400 or 0411 744 730.