Mikelangelo and Black Sea Gentlemen

Mikelangelo and Black Sea Gentlemen

South East Arts is partnering with internationally renowned company Big hART, Canberra Theatre Centre and Cooma-Monaro Shire Council on this exciting new project.  The project started in 2013 with a new show GHOSTS IN THE SCHEME premiering at the Canberra Theatre Centre 2 – 5 September 2015.

The project aims to:

  • Engage the Cooma community in a process of music, storytelling and performance workshops
  • Collect archival photographic imagery that tells stories from Cooma
  • Interweave these processes into the development of Ghosts in the Scheme – a performance-based theatre piece uniquely about Cooma. Click HERE for Canberra Theatre Centre dates.
  • Rehearse, stage and tour the finished performance piece, working with people from Cooma and surrounds in the production, running from 2013 – 2015

About Big hART
BighART is one of Australia’s most prolific and successful arts and social change companies.
In 2013 Big hART celebrated 21 years of practice.  Big hART works with a unique model, combining creative community process, with art making and contribution to social issues debate, through theatre, film, music and storytelling.
You can now follow the project on the Facebook page HERE

Working with locally grown and nationally acclaimed music act, Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen, the program kicked off in October 2013 with Music & Storytelling Workshops, Community meetings, and a Gig + BBQ. Through the workshop process, the band created a series of original songs based on your stories.

Writer and Director, Scott Rankin talks about the project and ‘Ghosts in the Scheme’ HERE


Mikelangelo talks about what Project Cosmopolitana means to him HERE

Concert Cosmpolitana took place on 2 May in Cooma – a free evening of food, music and performance featuring a cast of Cooma locals, original Cooma songs by Mikelangelo & the Black Sea Gentlemen and short theatre performances celebrating Cooma’s heritage. Concert Cosmopolitana celebrates the rich underbelly of Cooma’s stories through music, poetry, movement and performance. The event was part of the broader Project Cosmopolitana.


Cooma has always been a gateway Ghosts_bannerto pleasure, and in the 1950s it played host to an extraordinary influx of people from around the world, escaping their past, to work on the Snowy Mountains Scheme. They brought with them ideas, espresso, food, music, dancing and optimism for love and life in the New World.

Set upon a backdrop of the town’s rich underbelly and featuring a soundtrack played live on stage by Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen, Ghosts in the Scheme explores the complex friendship of three of these residents. Actors Lex Marinos, Anne Grigg and Bruce Myles each embody Snowy locals, weaving a story of three complex friendships, full of the secrets, loves and twists of fate that so-called ‘ordinary’ lives embrace. As life’s endgame approaches, these characters can enjoy passive acceptance or relish fighting the inevitable.