The core inspiration for the Mbantua Festival arose from its site at the Old Telegraph Station. The ideas flowed as soon as it was chosen, says Rachel Perkins. One story to tell was immediately obvious – that of children of mixed Aboriginal descent removed from their families, most of them forcibly, who lived on the site. The theatrical production, Bungalow Song, will be one of the festival highlights later this week. KIERAN FINNANE speaks to Rachel Perkins. Pictured: Perkins with some of the cast on site. Photo by Alexandra Hullah.