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Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company

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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World first: Yirra Yaakin presents Macbeth performed in Noongar

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Events by Yirra Yaakin

Guides


Hecate

In a world where the Noongar language is spoken by all, a yarn about a Scottish king is retold.

  • Dates:Feb 5 - 16
  • Time(s):Tue – Fri 7.30pm | Sat 8 Feb 2pm | Sat 15 Feb 2pm & 7.30pm | Sun 6pm
  • Venue:Subiaco Arts Centre
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Venue Address:Subiaco Arts Centre, 180 Hamersley Rd, Subiaco WA 6008
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events,Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For kids 4-12,For teens 13-17,For seniors
  • Event Venue:Subiaco Arts Centre
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Ticket Price FROM:$25
  • Ticket price TO:$69
  • Produced By:Yirra Yaakin

Description

'Great business must be wrought ‘ere … boodjar baal waaliny.'

Hecate, queen of the witches, is usually omitted from productions of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Here, she is at the heart of everything, watching as Macbeth strives toward power at any cost, all the while knowing that order must be restored; that Country always trumps human ambition and greed.

In 1833 colonist Robert Menli Lyon wrote in reference to Noongar people that ‘the whole of each tribe are bards’. This world premiere event puts those words to the test. Having spent years studying and reclaiming their endangered Noongar language, a star ensemble use this audacious adaptation as a springboard to showcase its poetic and expressive qualities.

Join us for Australia's first large-scale Shakespeare production entirely in Noongar language, the original language of the south west of Western Australia, as conceived by Kyle J Morrison. Adapted and directed by Kylie Bracknell [Kaarljilba Kaardn]. 

A post-show Q&A will take place after the show on Feb 11 and a schools performance will take place on Feb 12.

Hecate is presented by Yirra Yaakin Theatry Company, Bell Shakespeare and Perth Festival. 

Hecate Kambarnap

Kwop Noongar maia waangkiny nitja. Kaarl-booyi nyinalangainy. Celebrate Noongar language thriving on Noongar Boodjar.

  • Dates:Feb 5 - Feb 16
  • Time(s):Before and After 'Hecate'
  • Venue:Subiaco Arts Centre Gardens
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Venue Address:Subiaco Arts Centre Gardens, 180 Hamersley Rd, Subiaco WA 6008
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Free,Aboriginal Art & Events
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For kids 4-12,For teens 13-17,For seniors
  • Event Venue:Subiaco Arts Centre
  • Produced By:Yirra Yaakin

Description

Before and after seeing Hecate you are invited to Hecate Kambarnap, a unique gathering space to celebrate Noongar people and the maintenance and care of the Noongar language as it pulses through the bedrock of our Country. Noongar language is rarely spoken fluently, and language revival is vital to healing and strengthening our community.

Hecate Kambarnap offers a cleansing smoking for those who wish to gather and honour the ancient Noongar sounds, stories and speakers. 

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