Douglas has been a professional food writer since 1986. He is also an award-winning actor and director in Community Theatre and has been for many years. His blog may be found at: www.urbaneguerilla.wordpress.com
If there is one show guaranteed to make you happy, it's
Djuki Malareturn to Perth following a sell-out Edinburgh Fringe season.
In 2007 Lionel Dulmanawuy was a member of a dance troupe on Elcho Island called the Chooky Dancers and he wanted to honour a Greek lady, lilane who cared for his sister Priscilla, so he choreographed a dance to the tune by Mikis Theodorakis, Zorba the Greek.
The dance was filmed by his father, Frank Djirrimbilpilwuy, who uploaded it to YouTube, where it became a sensation. it has, by today's count, been viewed 2,796,690 times - that's nearly three million times.
Djuki mala (Photograph courtesy Blue King brown/Gurrumul)
If you'd like to see the clip, it can be seen on YouTube here.
The dance was so joyous, so life-enhancing, so delightful and so well-received that they performed it on Australia's Got Talent and formed a touring company that played to sell-out crowds and standing ovations from China to the Solomon Islands; Tel Aviv, Cairo and Cyprus.
Djuki Mala (Photograph courtesy Perth Fringe World)
And now, having changed their name into their indigenous name Djuli Mala (Djuki means 'chooky' and Mala means 'group') they're coming to Perth for the Fringe from North East Arnham Land.
Djuki Mala describe the show as 'a joyous celebration 40,0000 years in the making' describing how the group was formed, its ethos and lots of dance - comic and charming, dramatic and dynamic.
Djuki Mala opens on the 28th January at the West Australian Spiegeltent at The Pleasure Garden, James Syreet, Northbridge until the 5th of February when they transfer to the Teatro at the The Pleasure Garden, performing until the 25th February.
Tickets cost between $41 and $46 and may be booked on line here.