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  • Summary

  • This series contains mature themes and strong language and listener discretion is advised.

    They're wearing ball gowns, they're debutantes... and they're black. The debs' ball is a controversial colonial export but can it be empowering too? Australia's most celebrated young playwright Nakkiah Lui and actress Miranda Tapsell put on their hats and gloves to find out.

    Nakkiah and Miranda are angry, young, vocal, Aboriginal and very, very funny. Join them on their journey, starting with a lesson on teatime etiquette in London where it all began, as they follow the debutante trail and discover that First Nations women across the globe have made this tradition their own. Nakkiah and Miranda ask: can beauty, poise and politeness actually empower them? Or is it better to get angry and start shouting?

    This is an Audible Original Podcast. Free for members. You can download all9 episodes to your Library now.

    ©2020 Pipi Films Ltd (P)2020 Audible Australia Pty Ltd.
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Episodes
  • Ep. 1: Strong Black Women

    Jun 15 2020

    A London etiquette supremo offers Nakkiah instruction in correct debutante behaviour while Miranda learns from family and friends how it felt to be celebrated as a young woman at the National Aboriginal Ball in 1968.

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    26 mins
  • Ep. 2: Don't Slip, Don't Fall

    Jun 15 2020

    Nakkiah and Miranda learn how this symbol of elitist colonialism was appropriated by an Indigenous community fighting for their civil rights.

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    29 mins
  • Ep. 3: Revolutionary Citizens

    Jun 15 2020

    Nakkiah and Miranda head to Mt Druitt in Western Sydney where they find that Aboriginal debutante balls are still going strong in the 21st century.

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    20 mins

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This was extremely hard to finish. I was constantly hoping that these two women would see the Light. Unfortunately they are trapped in a cruel world of hatred. There is only one point of view here. People with less pigment in there skin than own, are the cause of all problems.
If you want to destroy the culture of a people who ancestors destroyed your culture, does that make you any better than there ancestors?
The way, most of the people in this series views the world it truly disturbing!

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Interesting and informative

The podcast delivers excellent storytelling with the historical context and the current repercussions of colonialism.

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thought provoking

We hear alot about slavery and its effects but I hadn't heard about the Aboriginals and their struggle with their abuse.....an education

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