A blackfella / whitefella comedy (with music) about greed and reconciliation loosely based on the dreamtime story of Tiddalik, the greedy frog who drank all the water in the world.
Paul Bennier, Abner Bradley, Kirsty Bridle, Vanessa Brown, David Buzzacott, Judy Byrne, Gordon Davies, , Sam Hughes, Stable Steve Johnston, Jasmine Jones, Jan Kanda, Andy F Leach, Helen Flinter Leach, Patrick Lynch, Leigh Malthouse, Robbie Miller, Jane Muras, Rhonda Poole, David Roach, Andrew Sands, Barbro Spry, Ken Stringer, Alirio Zavarce
- Devised by: the company
- Writer/Director: PJ Rose
- Assistant Director: Lisa Hughes
- Composer/Musical Director/Keyboard: Pat Rix
- Lyricists: Andrew Leach, Jane Muras, PJ Rose
- Didgeridoo & Percussion: Jamie Ngungana Goldsmith, Stephen Gadlabardi Goldsmith
- Sound Designer/Lighting Designer: Marie Docking
- Set Designer/Costumer Designer: Cassandra Blackler
- Executive Producer: PJ Rose
- Creative Development Showings at the Inaugural High Beam Festival.
- Six sold-out promenade performances through three galleries of Tandanya, National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, 2-10 May 1998.
... a model of community performance. ... I enjoyed the queer aesthetic that reigned - the frocks, the garish makeup, the cross-dressing. I was also full of respect for the ambition of the endeavour ...
Anne Thompson, Real Time
The production of Touched was one of the most successful staged at Tandanya in recent years - outstripping audience numbers for many 1998 Festival and Fringe productions staged here. Pulling post performance cappuccinos in the Tandanya Café, I was able to glean audience responses to Touched. Descriptions ranged from attitude changing to inspiring and, indeed, magical. The play's message of respect for Indigenous culture and our environment struck a particular chord with Institute staff and Board. ... [Our] building does not instantly lend itself to progressive or multiple activities. ... This production showed how, with patience and a sense of adventure, the building represents a challenge rather than a problem - much like the disabilities of the performers.
Kirstie Parker, Director Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute