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Debutante: Race, Resistance and Girl Power

Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
5 out of 5 stars (288 ratings)

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This series contains mature themes and strong language and listener discretion is advised.

They’re wearing ball gowns, they’re debutantes... and they’re black. The debs’ ball is a controversial colonial export but can it be empowering too? Australia’s most celebrated young playwright Nakkiah Lui and actress Miranda Tapsell put on their hats and gloves to find out.

Nakkiah and Miranda are angry, young, vocal, Aboriginal and very, very funny. Join them on their journey, starting with a lesson on teatime etiquette in London where it all began, as they follow the debutante trail and discover that First Nations women across the globe have made this tradition their own. Nakkiah and Miranda ask: can beauty, poise and politeness actually empower them? Or is it better to get angry and start shouting?

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A step back into an untold history

I have just finished listening to Episode 2 and I cannot recommend this podcast enough. At times it feels like listening to your friends tell stories of their families, at others it’s like a history lesson. Then there are the stories from the Aunties, a true privilege that transports you to another time and place. The way the podcast weaves the highs and lows of history is to be commended, this is modern storytelling and there needs to be more of it.

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Incredible, empowering, uplifting & moving

A beautiful weaving of history, powerful storying, delightful anecdotes - all in bite size pieces making for easy listening.

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Entertaining and important

I highly recommend this podcast - do yourself a favour and listen to it. Nakkiah and Miranda are such great story-tellers and this is a story that everybody should know.

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A history lesson with a twist

This podcast was so easy to get hooked on. The girls are so easy to listen to and they weave so many history lessons, complex social issues and thoughtful questions on empowerment throughout the whole thing. Although the podcast centers around the debutante ball, it couldn't be more relevant to so many of today's issues on Australian Aboriginal rights. Intersectionality at its finest.

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Storytelling at its finest

The stories of invasion, dispossession, genocide, stolen generations and racism as told from the voices and experiences of truly amazing and awe inspiring women were so moving and insightful. The way they were all crafted together through the exploration of the history of the debutante ball was brilliant! So much to learn. Congratulations to all involved in producing this! I could listen to Nakkiah and Miranda talk all day!

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Unexpected but delightful company.

Nakkiah and Miranda kept me company for three hours and fifty delicious minutes while I went about my day. The podcast took me on a most unexpected, but particularly engaging journey through their experience exploring the history and life of debutantes past and present. Not just your run-of-the-mill debutante, mind you. Indigenous debutantes.

You don't know, what you don't know until you know it, and I'm so glad that a friend pointed me to this treasure, because as the subtitle hints, the contents are much richer than just a superficial dip into manners and frocks (although that subject area is covered too.)

Fabulous. Instructive. Informative. Humorous. Warm. Delightful.

I loved this. Listened to it all in one go. Do yourself a favour.

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Great listen!

An absolutely must listen for non indigenous people. Funny, heartbreaking and full of strong women.

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amazing !

if Miranda and Nakkiah aren't currently writing a screen play for a movie about the Debutantes,, they should start. anyone wishing to perhaps educate themselves in this current environment, should start with this podcast.

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Wonderful!

Nakkiah Lui and Miranda Tapsell's podcast was a delight to listen to. Eye opening, heart-breaking but much joy and laughter too.

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Brilliant!

Absolutely fascinating, a super fun and powerful podcast. Loved it, high recommend. Sign me up for the next one from Nakkiah and Miranda asap!

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  • 09-07-2020

Point of view.

This was extremely hard to finish. I was constantly hoping that these two women would see the Light. Unfortunately they are trapped in a cruel world of hatred. There is only one point of view here. People with less pigment in there skin than own, are the cause of all problems.
If you want to destroy the culture of a people who ancestors destroyed your culture, does that make you any better than there ancestors?
The way, most of the people in this series views the world it truly disturbing!

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  • isobelle
  • 19-06-2020

Interesting and informative

The podcast delivers excellent storytelling with the historical context and the current repercussions of colonialism.

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  • Rachel
  • 04-09-2020

thought provoking

We hear alot about slavery and its effects but I hadn't heard about the Aboriginals and their struggle with their abuse.....an education

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  • SIAN M.
  • 24-07-2020

Laughter, tears, anger

Are some of the emotions. This was so informative, following 1st nation people. I laughed, I cried, I got frustrated, angry. I feel educated, I feel passion to help make changes.
Such an important piece of work. Thank you

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