Perth is about to be treated to an extraordinary collaboration from some of the heaviest hitters in local hip hop, tackling an issue that keeps them up at night: crystal meth.

Downsyde, Layla, Moana Mayatrix, Zac James, Kyle J Morrison and Trooth have devised the hip h’opera ‘Ice Land’ through one of Australia’s leading Aboriginal performing arts organisations, Yirra Yaakin (Yir-raarh Yaarh-kin) which means “Stand Tall” in Noongar language.

Moana Mayatrix

Yirra Yaakin’s latest offering is not pulling any punches.

The production is based on testimonials from users, carers and family members, shaped into a full-length theatre performance using hip hop as the key musical and philosophical drive.

Director Kyle J Morrison said the process had been intense, but the result is powerful.

“We explore the journey of ice addiction in all its states, including happiness, invincibility and clarity, through to despair, fear, psychosis and, ultimately, the breakdown of our communities – their ruin,” he said.

“We ask the question, ‘If meth use continues to escalate within our communities, what is going to happen to our society as a whole?’”

He said having Andrew Bovell on board as dramaturg and mentor had been an incredible advantage.

Librettist Zac James said the richness of the project came from having a shared goal.

“Meth in our community is like a silent invader corrupting people of all walks,” he said.

Zac James

“In a way, writing Ice Land: A Hip h’Opera has been the most organic experience I’ve had due to the fact we are all on the same team working towards the same goal, claiming our community back from the plague of methamphetamine use.”

Yirra Yaakin has been committed to sharing Aboriginal stories through contemporary, award-winning, world-class theatre since 1993.

The show runs 15-26 October at the Subiaco Arts Centre.

To find out more, visit Yirra Yaakin for booking information.

Image credit: Yirra Yaakin


See more local Indigenous events in WA

Join Our Community
You May Also Like

Related Posts

French Horn

WASO performs Beethoven’s most popular symphony in Miracles and Triumphs

WASO performs Beethoven’s most popular symphony plus blazing horns in Miracles and Triumphs on November 26 and 27 at the Perth Concert Hall. The concert opens with Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 96, The Miracle. The first symphony written by Haydn in London, the repertoire was last performed by WASO in 1992. Next is Robert Schumann’s […]

Creative one-day workshops and short courses in Perth

With holidays and the Christmas season fast approaching, why not make your next work gathering or gift a little more eventful with creative workshops to get everyone into the festive mood.  From potting plants, sewing up a storm or hammering out a pair of luxury sterling silver earrings, we have the scoop on some of […]

Dating Black

Dating Black: a comedy by Yirra Yaakin about dating after 40

Yirra Yaakin presents a funny and energetic story depicting the trials and tribulations of dating and finding love as a mature adult and blackfulla with their latest production, Dating Black. On show at the Subiaco Arts Centre from November 16 – 27, the play explores how we find love and understanding later in life. The […]