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Torres Strait-inspired children's production makes return to Queensland

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A Torres Strait children's tale will make a journey a little closer to home to warm the winter school holidays in 2024.

Bangarra Dance Theatre's debut production for kids, Waru – journey of the small turtle, plays at Queensland Performing Arts Centre in the final week of June.

The survival and discovery journey story inspired by the green sea turtle totem enjoyed an acclaimed national tour in 2023, with their first stop in the sunshine state at Cairns Performing Arts Centre in November.

Director Stephen Page is looking forward to a return to where the narrative calls home.

"Waru is about celebrating the connection of Torres Strait Islander people to sea, land, and sky," he said.

"Even though it's a children's show, it carries very old stories of the green turtle's life cycle that will connect to all people today. We're excited to give young people a glimpse into the lives of the Torres Strait people and their stories."

With Queensland preparing for the eyes of the world with the 2032 Olympics, state Arts Minister Leanne Enoch said the government is excited to showcase Indigenous Arts under their 10-year Creative Together strategy commitment.

"The Queensland Government is committed to ensuring communities around the state have access to high quality touring arts experiences," Ms Enoch said.

Waru has a regional tour around the state scheduled in 2024.

As writer and previous children's televsion director, actor Hunter Page-Lochard said "being a part of Playschool has given me an even greater appreciation of the importance of sharing culture with young people in Australia today, and I'm excited to be able to share the culture and stories of fellow creatives Sani and Elma with the youth community".

Waru is at QPAC from Wednesday 26 to Saturday 29 June.

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