This entertaining exploration into the culture and day to day life in a hunter gatherer society will leave students with a lasting insight into Aboriginal histories and cultures.
Troy Allen combines dance, storytelling and music and after showing, quickly has students and teachers if willing, to join him in the dance as they all mimic the kangaroo, emu and other Australian animals using their newly learnt movements that stretch back thousands of years.
There is also a fine collection of artefacts - weapons, tools, nets and other everyday items all used to fully engage and educate.
A constant throughout all his stories is a theme of great respect for land and all creatures that inhabit it. Albeit occasionally, when he can find the time, Troy enjoys fishing, hunting and seeking out seasonal bush tucker and cooking up a feast. He emphasizes that animals are hunted for food never for sport and that when gathering tucker from the bush he and his family will only ever take what they and their friends can eat.
Each performance is structured to the audience, whether that is a single year level or a prep to year 12 central school Troy includes everyone with his enthusiasm and down to earth approach.
For nearly 30 years throughout Australia and around the world Troy has been entertaining audiences of all ages while simultaneously educating them in the life, culture and traditions of his current day family and ancestors.
A room full of our children engaged and entranced. Troy Allen has a unique way of sharing his culture with children. His dances were skilful and haunting, telling age-old stories of indigenous culture. I would highly recommend Troy’s show for its educational and cultural value.
Mitchelton State School. QLD.
Price: $5.00 per student (no GST.).
Suitable: Preps, K to Year 7.
Minimum Audience Size: 130 students.
Times: Show: 50 minutes. Set up: 30 minutes. Pack up: 30 minutes.
Requires: an indoor performing area 6m deep x 5m wide.