Big Name, No Blankets

ILBIJERRI Theatre Company

ILBIJERRI Theatre Company is one of Australia’s leading theatre companies, and Australia’s longest running First Peoples theatre company. ILBIJERRI creates, presents and tours powerful and engaging theatre, creatively controlled by First Peoples artists. Our stories are provocative and affecting and give voice to our unique and diverse cultures. Born from community over 30 years ago, ILBIJERRI has become a spearhead for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in telling our stories of what it means to be First Peoples in Australia today. Collaborative relationships with communities and artists are at the heart of our creative process.

ILBIJERRI enjoys a beloved reputation following successful major national and international tours of Black Ties (MFI Australian & New Zealand tour 2020), Blood on the Dance Floor (Canadian and Australian tour 2019) Jack Charles V The Crown (Australia 2013, UK & Ireland 2014, Canada 2016 & 2017, USA 2017, New Zealand & Japan 2018), Beautiful One Day (Australia & UK 2014), Coranderrk (Australia 2017) and Which Way Home (Australia 2018), Heart is a Wasteland (Australia 2021 & 2022), plus many more.


BIG NAME, NO BLANKETS is a major scale rock’n’roll theatre show that celebrates the phenomenal journey and impact of Australian music icons, the Warumpi Band, told through the perspective of the Butcher Brothers.

Making history for being the first rock’n’roll band to sing in Aboriginal languages, the Warumpi Band is nationally and internationally acclaimed for creating our Black Anthems of Australia: Jailanguru Pakurnu, My Island Home and Blackfella/Whitefella.

Warumpi Band brought hope and strength to First Peoples and united all Australians, singing truths that echoed the realities of black and white relationships in a colonised world. Their songs celebrate unity, for black and white audiences to enjoy together. They amplified black voices, stories and politics while uniting all cultures with their infectious music.

Named after the title of Warumpi Band’s second album, BIG NAME, NO BLANKETS features Warumpi Band hits, and showcases Luritja/Pitjantjatjara, Gumatj (Yolngu Martha) and Warlpiri languages, culture and dance from Central Australia and North East Arnhem Land. Employing both new and 80,000 year old story-telling techniques, all audiences will feel welcomed into this incredible story from the bush.

Created in collaboration with Warumpi band founding member, Sammy Butcher and the families of Warumpi band members, BIG NAME, NO BLANKETS speaks untold truths about the band’s extraordinary ride from the remote bush in Papunya NT to international fame.

Packed with humour, iconic songs and rock star performances, BIG NAME, NO BLANKETS will be a joyful show that celebrates how music can influence massive change.

BIG NAME, NO BLANKETS premieres in January 2024 and is scheduled to tour as a large-scale work throughout 2024 – 2025. It will also be scaled down for touring into remote and regional communities and into prisons.

Both the large and small scale versions of the work will be available for additional touring from June 2025.

Session Times
PROFILE: Here’s Our Idea
Friday 9 June, 11:30am AEST


Nina Bonacci