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Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company


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Subiaco Arts Centre

In Noongar language, Yirra Yaakin means “Stand Tall”. It’s an apt name for an Indigenous theatre company based in the heart of the Noongar Nation – a distinct Aboriginal cultural group from the south-west of Western Australia. Yirra Yaakin was born in 1993, the Year of Indigenous People, with three staff members and a desire to provide the Aboriginal community with an artistic outlet for positive self-determination.

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Since then, the theatre company has grown into a respected cultural and artistic hub for Aboriginal people from all over WA and across Australia. Now one of Australia’s leading Aboriginal performing arts organisations, Yirra Yaakin puts Indigenous writers and actors at centre stage. All original works, the company’s productions range from hip h’operas exploring drug use to adaptations of Shakespeare translated into the Noongar language.

Yirra Yaakin has commissioned and premiered more than 50 new major Festival presentations like Waltzing the Wilarra, One day in 67, Aliwah, Windmill Baby, and Cruel Wild Woman. The theatre company has worked with and nurtured prestigious Aboriginal writers including David Milroy, Sally Morgan, Derek Nannup, Mitch Torres and Dallas Winmar, amongst many others.

Yirra Yaakin is proud to produce a body of work unrivalled in innovation, excellence and cultural significance, with award-winning, world-class theatre that brings Aboriginal stories to audiences across the globe.

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Fifo - Fit In Or F**K Off!

A tale of disintegration and hope in this fractured land presented by Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company.

  • Dates:Oct 13 - 17 & 20 - 24
  • Time(s):Fridays and Saturdays: 7:30pm; Weekdays 7:00pm.
  • Venue:Subiaco Arts Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company
  • Venue Address:180 Hamersley Rd, Subiaco WA 6008
  • Ticket Price FROM:$26
  • Ticket price TO:$40
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events,Performing Arts
  • Produced By:Yirra Yaakin
  • Event Venue:Subiaco Arts Centre
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

The boom went bust, and now Jono’s locked in a desert mine site’s donga, trapped in debt and a lifestyle that is slowly strangling his soul. Jono’s wife Mary feels stuck in the high flying life of the lonely FIFO parent and has decided they’d be better off cutting their losses and moving home to Broome, close to family and her younger sister Janey. But the old neighbourhood, and her sister, ain’t what they used to be. Janey is locked in her house, sliding into stand-up comedic delusion as she awaits her FIFO husband Brad’s return. But where is Brad? And where’s their young daughter Katie? Something’s gotta give, but what it will take to stop the slide into the deepening pit that threatens to engulf them all?

In a country abundant with natural resources, mining is a way of life. This warm, tautly written drama pulls no punches as it explores the impact of mining on two Indigenous families from extensive interviews with miners from across the country and lived experience of the writer. Developed in Broome with Goolarri Media’s Indigenous Writers program, and with the support of Yirra Yaakin, Playwriting Australia, Ilbijerri Theatre Company and Yellamundie First Nations Play Festival, FIFO, brings us an exciting new voice from the Kimberley, former FIFO mine worker Melody Dia.

Yirra Yaakin Family Picnic

Join the Yirra Yaakin theatre company in this celebration of their 2020 season!

  • Dates:Nov 19
  • Time(s):5.30pm to 8.30pm
  • Venue:Subiaco Theatre Gardens

Details

  • Hosted By:Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company
  • Venue Address:180 Hamersley Road, Subiaco WA 6008
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events,Performing Arts
  • Produced By:Yirra Yaakin
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

Join us in celebrating our 2020 season at our annual family picnic at the Subiaco Arts Centre Theatre Gardens. With live music, kangaroo stew, damper, and face painting it’s a fun event for all!

Yarn with the Yirra Yaakin team under the stars and become part of our community.

When: Thursday 19 March 2020
Time: 5.30pm - 8:30pm
Where: 180 Hamersley Road, Subiaco | Theatre Gardens | Subiaco Arts Centre

The box office will be open and tickets for our upcoming shows will be on sale for a discounted price.

BYO Picnic & Beverages

FREE EVENT

Proudly supported by the City of Subiaco

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