KATE KELLY

KATE KELLY

A reinterpretation of the life of Kate Kelly, sister of Ned.
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Kate Kelly, the sister of bushranger Ned, is a folk hero, an icon, a legend in Australia. She was born in Victoria in 1863, and, by 1880, the year Ned was captured at Glenrowan, was a household name, a teenage celebrity as famous (or infamous) as the celebrities we read about it the populist press today. People queued to meet her and to watch her ride. They bought postcards of her in her mourning outfit, a fashionable black silk riding habit. And then she disappeared.

The Kate Kelly Song Cycle, a creative collaboration by composer Ross James Carey and writer Merrill Findlay, re-interprets the life of one of Australia’s most iconic women, the youngest sister of bushranger Ned Kelly.
The chamber opera emerged from Merrill’s Kate Kelly Project. It was first performed in Forbes in September 2011, as the headline act for inaugural Kalari-Lachlan River Arts Festival, beside the lagoon in which Kate Kelly’s body was found in 1898.

This work not only honours Kate Kelly herself, but also foregrounds the challenges women of all backgrounds have faced in inland rural Australia. It also acknowledges the diverse cultures of the people who have lived along the Lachlan River for the last forty thousand years or more. The music and lyrics reference many of these peoples, including the Wiradjuri nation, the different groups of Europeans who settled in and around Forbes in the nineteenth century, and the town’s many Cantonese migrants. And, of course, Kate Kelly’s own Irish ancestors.   (Dr Merrill Findlay)

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