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Mike Brady & Brenton Broadstock

Creative duo Mike Brady and Brenton Broadstock chose to focus on the Chinese role in the early development of Victoria. Their fellowship work, The Road, is hybrid of musical and opera for small orchestra, chorus and soloists, and will be the story of a Chinese family who arrive at Robe, South Australia, in the 1850s and march to the goldfields of Victoria to seek their fortune, along with thousands of other Chinese who arrived at this time.

The story will highlight the struggles of their journey – the physical difficulties, deprivation, lack of food and the constant racism from 'white' and 'non-white' settlers – and their integration into goldfield society on their arrival. Chinese music will be incorporated into the work.