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Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company


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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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