2014_B-Side “The Debut” – by Gayle Kennedy

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B-SIDE SHORT-FORM

A FAST AND FURIOUS WEEK OF WRITING FOR ABORIGINAL ARTISTS

Initiated in 2013, B-Side is an Urban Theatre Projects initiative for First Nations artists to seed and develop new writing and paving the way for new work. During B-Side, First Nations artists work in close collaboration with one another and industry professionals to develop a short fictional essay/monologue, which is then recorded, post-produced, published on iTunes and programmed for radio.

THE DEBUT by Gayle Kennedy
A young girl living in an outback town is about to experience her first NAIDOC debutant ball. She is apprehensive and doesn’t see the point of the ritual. Her grandfather tells her that without the ball he would never have met his wife. He reminds her of the legacy and importance of the NAIDOC ball to her family and community.

GAYLE KENNEDYis born in Ivanhoe NSW and is a member of the Wongaiibon Clan of the Ngiyaampaa speaking Nation of South West NSW. She has had stories published in newspapers, magazines and broadcast on radio, and was the Indigenous issues writer and researcher for Streetwize Comics from 1995–1998.