Maurial Spearim is a proud First Nations woman who, through her one woman show Blaaq Catt, hopes to instil her audience with a better understanding of First Nation Indigenous Australians. Her hope is that people are able to see beyond the stereotypes and hear the call to action – action in their own life to make a positive difference.
According to Spearim, her show touches on some hard facts and truisms about how Australia came to be. The play is constructed around the voice of Ruby who takes the audience on a journey through place and time to uncover connection. It crosses boundaries overtime through generations of Aboriginal women looking at the affects of trans generational trauma.
The idea of the show first came about after Spearim graduated from VCA. “I was given an Aphids scholarship to create new work and that is where the concept of the show came about back in 2010, Spearim explains. “It has grown and changed a lot from that first development but the core through line is the same being that I think it is important for all Australians to know the truths and mistreatment of First Nation Indigenous Australians from Invasion to present day.”
Writer and performer Spearim (We Get It, Redfern Now) credits her family, teachers and mentors as her greatest creative influences. “I have been interested in the arts since I could walk having been practicing and performing my traditional Gamilaraay song and dance from a young age, which has helped to form a strong foundation and interest for the creative arts,” she says.
Spearim describes the biggest thrill of live performance as being able to ride the wave with the audience and other actors/artists. Her committeeman to all performance genre is palpable though: “As a performer I give my all to every aspect of performance be that theatre, film, singing, dancing or writing. I emerge myself into the world of the character and commit to each moment sending out an open invitation to audience to allow me in.”
Spearim’s Blaaq Catt promises true commitment as she reflects on the complexities of contemporary Indigenous experiences. Her character, Ruby, traverses the beauty, depth and harsh realities of life for a young Aboriginal woman and Spearim successfully challenges assumptions about Indigenous identity.
May 17– 22
Northcote Town Hall, West Wing Studio 2
189 High St, Northcote