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A Migrant's Son - Riverside Theatres Digital

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by Janelle (subscribe)
I like to participate in life rather than be a spectator. Music, dancing, theatre, travelling, food, cycling and walking are some of my passions. Writing is an enjoyable pastime that allows me to share my experiences.
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The family is always everything
Music, theatre, cabaret, original, Greek, Australian, migrant, humour, drama, digital
Michaela Burger (website image)


A Migrant's Son is a story that resonates with many Australians of a certain age. Created and performed by Michaela Burger, it is an uplifting love filled tribute to her father and his ancestors. The story spans nearly a century and is set in such diverse locations as Russia, Greece, Adelaide and Coober Pedy.

The journey Michaela's great grandfather and family undertook in the 1930s from Greece to Australia was similar to many other families from countries throughout Europe. These hard-working resourceful and industrious people helped to shape the Australian cultural landscape facing many challenges along the way.

Michaela has a beautiful voice and her mercurial spirit takes the audience from joyful heights to the depths of despair. She does not shy away from using "Greek" stereotypes particularly in her caricatures of her grandparents. Luke Lucas (the migrant's son) is a humble larrikin whose fascinating story is passionately told through words and music by his proud and loving daughter. Her storytelling is embellished with projections of family photographs, a three-piece band (including a bouzouki) and a wonderful community choir.

From a seven year old working at the family bakery to owning a chain of cut-price supermarkets in Adelaide via the opal fields of Coober Pedy, Luke had his family in the forefront and was always scheming to make money to improve their situation. For him, family is everything, whether it be his parents and brothers or his Italian/Australian wife, three daughters and their families.

Theatre, show, cabaret, music, digital, Greek, migrant, Australian, history
The Migrant's granddaughter (website image)


If you want to escape for eighty odd minutes of high-quality fun-filled entertainment watch A Migrant's Son. The live show would be brilliant but as that is not possible at the moment, the digital offering is well worth the price of the ticket.
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Why? Enjoy theatre in your lounge room
When: Stream from Saturday 21 August 2021 at 10am – Sunday 5 September 2021 at 10pm
Where: On your device wherever you like
Cost: Riverside Members: Individual $12.50 Non-Members: Individual $15 Household Group $18
Your Comment
I watched this and really enjoyed it. Good story that I related to with my migrant Italian background and her voice is beautiful. Well worth the price.
by Maria-MPG Narratives (score: 2|901) 20 days ago
Looks like a great talent
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|3180) 25 days ago
This sounds good. Might give it a watch. Thanks Janelle, good review.
by Maria-MPG Narratives (score: 2|901) 25 days ago
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