From a family of well respected individuals, Breanna Barker makes her professional debut in Tourmaline at The Street’s world premiere presentation of the adaptation of Randolph Stow’s classic. Breanna wants to change the world and her first steps are: completing certificates III and IV in community services at CIT Yurauna Centre and also volunteering at The Street University located in City of Canberra. Breanna has big dreams of expressing herself through the Performing Arts but most importantly providing support and inspiration for people within her communities. Breanna’s favorite saying is “only good can come from knowing the truth but, only if you are willing to learn, understand and accept the wisdom and beauty of it all”.
THE STREET TALKED TO BREANNA BARKER BEFORE HER PERFORMANCES IN TOURMALINE.
YOU HAVE TRAVELLED ACROSS AND AROUND THE COUNTRY SINCE YOU WERE YOUNG. TELL US MORE ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR MOB.
I am a very proud Eora woman (South Sydney based). I am also from tribes established within the outer west NSW region of Brewarrina and Lightning Ridge, QLD tribe in Beau Desert and Cummanchi from Texas USA. I am here to make a statement in not only the entertainment industry, but also in the world. A world that is in need of change.
WHAT IS PERFORMING, BEING AN ACTOR TO YOU?
Self expression in its most purest form. Although, some have perfected the gift so well that they are now changing peoples lives. I dream to be one of those actors whose voice is not only heard but, well respected.
HOW DOES YOUR INDIGENOUS CULTURE INFORM YOUR WORK IN THE THEATRE?
Change. Change from adapting to a new form of life, but also self expression of my rawest emotions and personality traits I can display for the world to see. We as First Nations people grow and we will continue to evolve in positive ways. Being able to display that is an inspiration.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST RESPONSE TO READING THE SCRIPT OF TOURMALINE?
Interesting. I liked how much I related to Deborah’s mentality and the beauty of all three roles I play with a form of similarities between them all. To be honest, I was so excited to turn the writing on paper into reality.
WHAT GRABS YOU IN THE STORY?
Everything. The depth, the struggles, the humor, the hidden meanings, the wisdom. everything.
YOU PLAY MULTIPLE ROLES IN TOURMALINE INCLUDING DEBORAH, MARY AND GLORIA. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES IN DOING THIS?
Beside changing voices, I think the very difficult challenges are that I have to focus on one personality trait at a time, rather then completely being all of who I am in the one character.
WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR WHEN WORKING AS PART OF AN ENSEMBLE WITH OTHER ACTORS?
Definitely the knowledge. I am trying to not only learn as much as I can while working on Tourmaline but, to adapt and grow with the knowledge I’ve learnt.
YOU ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF REHEARSALS. TELL US WHAT IT IS LIKE?
Amazing. Every single person on set is incredible, they are all so very encouraging of me expressing myself through positive feedback and energy. It is amazing to work with professionals that listen to me and it’s great to work with such an amazing director. We’re all a bit funny with a great sense of humor and real in who we are as individuals.
WHAT DO YOU THINK IS IMPORTANT TO A SUCCESSFUL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN AN ACTOR AND DIRECTOR?
Knowledge, respect, honesty and open mindedness. I think it is also very important for the director to know what kind of mentality and life history the actor has experienced, in order for both people to find common ground and understanding.
WHAT’S INSPIRING YOU CREATIVELY AT THE MOMENT?
The most amazing thing about this story is that the First Nations people of Australia were more than intelligent to know that the land owns us. This is a clear statement of how captivating the story actually is.
WHAT ARE YOU READING AND WATCHING CURRENTLY?
I observe everything and anything that is of truth, knowledge and understanding.