​NOV 12-14 O.A.SIS at 107 Redfern

Marlene Performs her One Woman Show


New normal, back to normal, no normal. We’ve flattened the curve, we’ve counted the cases dropping, we’ve masked and swabbed and sanitised, through a long winter of iso. How we’ve missed the heady and sweaty and joyous euphoria of live performance! 

O.A.SIS is a moment of collective relief. O.A.SIS is an acknowledgment of the generations of women that hold us in hard times. O.A.SIS is a collective exhale with local artists in Redfern. O.A.SIS is a reflection back to the wisdom of original ancestors. Join us for an evening of performance in radical restoration! Marlene will perform each night between 9:30 -10:00pm. Doors 7pm [ Shows 8:00pm at 107 Redfern. Get Tickets!

​Nov 4 NGARRA-BURRIA 2020 at Old 505

Featuring New Works by Marlene Cummins 


Marlene was honoured this year to be part of the Ngarra-Burria artist development program initiated by Dharug composer Chris Sainsbury. During the lock down Marlene collaborated via zoom with Chris and the other participants Nardi Simpson, James Henry,  Eric Avery and Will Kepa writing new music that premiered at the Old 505 theatre at Newtown. The works of the 2020 Ngarra-Burria composers are performed by program partner Ensemble Offspring. NGARRA-BURRIA ARE DHARUG WORDS MEANING “TO HEAR, TO SING”. Get Tickets! .


Marlene Cummins & Band Live & Streaming


Marlene and her All Star Band featuring Rex Goh (guitar), Noel Elmowy (keys), Craig Calhoun (bass), Calvin Welch (drums) and special guest Jason Morphett (sax) are back performing live at Butchers Brew Bar, Dulwich Hill on Saturday 18 July. There are limited in-venue tickets and the event will be streamed live around the globe! So tune in and get your live or streaming tickets.


Marlene Cummins & Band Live at Girrakool 2020.


Marlene and her band will take the stage at Girrakool 3:30pm Saturday 7 March. Girrakool Blues Festival & BBQ is held in the Mt Penang Event Park Kariong, on the Central Coast NSW, situated conveniently between Newcastle and Sydney, and only a 2 minute drive from the M1 Motorway. Tickets are on sale now!


Bankstown Arts Centre | Sydney Festival Premiere 2020


Black Drop a new play by Yuwaalaraay woman Nardi Simpson; storyteller, performer, and songwriter with Stiff Gins. Black Drop Effect is an immersive, multi-layered exploration of black and white, generational conflict, and the ongoing effects of colonisation.

Binno (William McPherson) is an Aboriginal elder and erstwhile member of a community dance group who is asked to present a series of traditional dances, alongside an actor reading extracts from Captain Cook’s diaries, for a 26 January celebration. Binno is unsure, until his straight-talking sister Beenie (Marlene Cummins) convinces him to teach the dances to three young men seeking connections with culture, country and their place in the world. Produced by Bankstown Arts Centre, and directed by Felix Cross.

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