The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe

The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe
Event date: 
9 May 2013 - 18 May 2013
Parramatta Riverside

The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe is based on the women’s personal stories and is a loving, hopeful and inspiring production. Yarrie grew up in a refugee camp in Guinea. She is a rapper and poet who loves performing and she has just completed her HSC. Aminata was kidnapped by the rebels in the brutal civil war in Sierra Leone. Now she is an ambassador for Australia for UNHCR and is running a charity initiative to help families in Sierra Leone.

Rosemary was on the run from domestic violence in Kenya. Now she is a respected community leader who works for the Merrylands Police Force and is the founder of the annual African Women’s Dinner Dance. Last year Parramatta Council named her as their ‘Citizen of the Year’. Yordy lost her childhood and family, when she was forced to be a child soldier in her country’s army for over 10 years. Now she is the loving mother of four amazing kids. The troupe has been driven by a passion to create an honest, challenging, yet joyfully alive show, reflecting women’s’ voices and a determination to break the silence that surrounds violence against women in both African and non African communities.

The courage of Aminata, Yarrie, Rosemary and Yordy in participating in this project is not insignificant. Their leadership is an important step in contributing to efforts to end the culture of silence about violence amongst African women and promote help seeking and paths to recovery.

Out of all the recent arrivals to Australia, we’ve seen very little about Africans on our main stages and films, let alone anything created by and with African women about their lives. We hope you will join us in the theatre which has a powerful ability to tend to and engender empathy and care- something we very much need to help cultivate a living, breathing culture of human rights.