Because of You…Narrogin

This sweet production about kids’ creativity and family connections overcame many challenges in the face of the ongoing pandemic.

Because of You…Narrogin was initially set up as a live performance with workshops taking place in Narrogin. A raging wave of COVID-19 prompted us to transpose the entire programme to the internet, where families could practice and engage with each other online via Zoom.

The resulting performance was a true creative feat, bringing fresh dance together through the raw energy of young children and the wide open embrace and support of their grooving parents.

This show was packed full of originality and authenticity, from Narrogin artist Casey Thornton’s locally inspired illustrations to the beautiful performance by Melanie Noakes and daughter Jordanna – filmed in Wickepin by Still Media and edited in Albany by Gneiss Design.

Melanie says: “Being able to do this project with Jordanna was so special. It was such a lovely bonding time…After participating in this experience I have learnt that with the right support and encouragement you can do things you never thought you would do!”

Sandi Woo’s wonderful work has brought people together from across Western Australia, spreading heartfelt joy from home to home and was accompanied by the music of Great Southern maestro, David Rastrick. Congratulations to all who joined in the fun and worked hard towards this unique live-streamed performance!

Presented by Arts Narrogin
Funded by the State Government of Western Australia through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries
and Lotterywest.
Produced by Annette Carmichael Projects

Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries
Arts Narrogin

Creative Team
Sandi Woo, Choreographer/Creator
Annette Carmichael, Creative Producer
David Rastrick, Composer
Rachael Bott, Taster Workshop Facilitator
Josephine Hayes and Still Media, Film

Illustration: Casey Thornton
Technology: David McKenzie
Photography: Kerry Smart

Livestream Performers:
April & Kimberly Williams
Li & Ling Evans
Nina Lucas Smythe and James Smythe
Posie & Trevor Pedersen

Film Performers:
Jordanna & Melanie Noakes

Additional Vocals:
Janine Andrews – Dream A Big Dream 
Terry MacKintosh – Monstré Piétiner
Tilly Kelleher – Celebrate

Singing Bowl & Chimes: Mira Clohessy – Sky Running

  • _DSC1950 Melanie Noakes and Jordanna Noakes - Photograph by Kerry Smart
  • Because of You...Narrogin Performance Nina and James
  • _DSC2070 Melanie Noakes and Jordanna Noakes - Photograph by Kerry Smart
  • Because of You...Narrogin Performers with Annette Carmichael and Sandi Woo
  • _DSC2133 Melanie Noakes and Jordanna Noakes - Photograph by Kerry Smart