My Name Is Jimi | Queensland Theatre
22 July - 13 August [Past Event] Bille Brown Studio, Queensland Theatre$35 - 68Buy tickets Season tickets

In a nutshell

An intimate audience with our most charismatic storyteller

Mabuiag Island: a remote speck in the sparkling blue of the Torres Strait. Thousands of years of rich history and culture, with just a few hundred people keeping its flame. Now its favourite son is joking in three languages with his grandmother and torturing his son with spontaneous public break-dancing.

Charismatic actor Jimi Bani (Mabo, The Straits, Redfern Now) whisks you away to his island for an evening of music, dance, stand-up and storytelling. Four generations of one family take the stage, as Jimi’s grandmother, mother, son and brothers help him spin yarns of totems, traditions and childhood memories.

The islanders have lived through dark times and light, and this intimate show examines the challenges and tragedies they have faced with hope, honesty and humour, looking towards a bright tomorrow.

My Name is Jimi is the story of a small community of people clinging tightly to each other, and fighting to protect what really matters, in the whirling chaos of a rapidly changing world.


WORLD PREMIERE 12 – 15 July | Cairns: Centre of Contemporary Arts

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You don’t know Jimi Bani’s family when you take your seat. But by the time the welcome mat is rolled up at the end of the show, you feel part of it.   Stage Whispers


It is a rare and invaluable treat   4zzz


Jason Klarwein – masterful conception and direction. Justin Harrison – bravo for the sound and projection. Daniel Anderson – kudos for the lighting. And most of all, Bani family – thank you for sharing.   The West End Magazine


‘My Name is Jimi’ is story-telling at its finest.   Scenestr


the audience is moved – transfixed and transformed. What more can you ask?   The West End Magazine


You feel like you are in the Bani’s living room with Jimi joking to each generation in three different languages   She Brisbane


Play Briefing
Tuesday 18 July, 6pm 
Bille Brown Studio, Queensland Theatre 

80 minutes, with no interval

Cast and Creatives

Jason Klarwein 

Simona Cosentini and Simone Tesorieri

Lighting Designer
Daniel Anderson 

Sound and Projection Designer
Justin Harrison

Dmitri Ahwang-Bani, Agnes Bani, Conwell Bani, Jimi Bani, Petharie Bani and Richard Bani. Image: Jimi Bani

Running Time

80 minutes, with no interval.


My Name is Jimi has received assistance from the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland’s Backing Indigenous Arts program.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body

  • CIAF
  • Queensland Government
  • Energex