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Join the union show

Monday, 9th December, 2019

Jason King is expanding an already successful heritage theatre show. PICTURE: Emily McInerney Jason King is expanding an already successful heritage theatre show. PICTURE: Emily McInerney

By Myles Burt

The United We Stand heritage theatre show highlighting Broken Hill’s early union history has been granted $50,000.

United We Stand is a locally made and performed tourist play, shown weekly at the Trades Hall for Indian Pacific passengers. The money received under the NSW Government Heritage Grant will go towards developing new costumes, sets and props whilst also expanding the performance to incorporate more scenes and additional aspects of the lockouts and strikes.

The additional scenes and aspects will feature a focus on the events surrounding the 1909 lockout, mock graves and Tom Mann’s unionisation of the workforce. Broken Hill Production’s Jason King said the project to expand the show would be looking for more locals to help out.

“It’s a community story so there’s the opportunity for community to get involved as well,” Mr King said.

Mr King said within the expansion project he plans to collaborate with heritage organisations and museums and create short films using reference material from the 1909 lockout.

Aside from recreating hung effigies and mock graves used to taunt bosses and scabs, Mr King said one of the ideas is to recreate the some of the postcards that existed during the time when Tom Mann unionised the workforce.

“So we’re going to recreate a version of that which then turns into a postcard which comes to life using augmented reality as well,” Mr King said.

The show currently has received very positive feedback from attendees with their feedback forms averaging around 80 to 100 per cent satisfaction.

Mr King said the show has been performed to more than 8,000 people over the last couple of years.

He also wanted to thank the Indian Pacific and Great Southern Rail for supporting the show, hoping the show’s expansion will inspire others to jump onto their own heritage projects.

“I’m hoping that other projects come off the back of it as well, being a heritage city; it’s the kind of thing to bring that history to life,” Mr King said.

For more information on how you can get involved, contact Jason King on email jk@jasonking.net.au or phone 0414 917 793. 

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