This new Australian love story traces a family’s history from Sicily to Mena Creek, in Far North Queensland. “Rosa” is a joyous tale told through original song and storytelling that examines the family ties that bind while traversing through the maternal ancestry from grandmother to granddaughter.

Roz Pappalardo is a household name in Queensland for her prolific music and acting career that has been underpinned by extensive national and international touring.  She is perhaps best known for her recording career with Women in Docs and her latest outfit Roz Pappalardo and the Wayward Gentleman.

Roz has embraced an opportunity to a story inspired by her family through the medium of theatre and has recorded four of the play’s key songs, with the ARIA award winning talents of Nigel Pegrum at Pegasus Studios, to be released as an EP to complement the production.

“I am thrilled to be working with JUTE to produce ‘“Rosa”’. Theatre is such a powerful platform for storytelling and to able to combine this with my experience in song writing and recording is such a joy,” she says.

Roz’s debut work as a playwright, ‘“Rosa”’, was borne from a discussion with Suellen Maunder, the Artistic Director of Jute Theatre, Australia’s foremost regional professional theatre company, following JUTE’s enthralling 2010 production of Blackbird by Megan Samardin.

Roz was moved by the production’s ability to tell the story of a family’s history through a combination of music, song and the spoken word.  “Roz came to me and said she would love to write a play that tells the story of her own family’s heritage.”

Suellen says the end result, “Rosa”,  “is a beautiful story and I expect to see a few tears in the audience but Roz also has such a hilarious way with storytelling that the tears will quickly turn to laughter. Really what you’ll get is this amazing voice that will fill the theatre as you’re taken on this wonderful journey about her grandmother ‘“Rosa”’, her Sicilian background and how her family migrated to Australia and settled on a sugarcane farm near Mena Creek in the far north”.

See “Rosa” as part of Jute Theatre’s One Act Play Season, “Two For One”, July 15 – 29.

“Rosa” the EP is available here or at any live performance.