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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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Moorla-Na Bulla Woola Boolangul

Moorla-Na Bulla Woola Boolangul by Theona Councillor and family is a lyrical, cathartic and community focused work about healing from great grievances of history.

  • Dates:Oct 21-29
  • Venue:Bootenal Springs, Gerladton

Details

  • Produced By:Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company
  • Type:Aboriginal
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Hosted By:Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company

Description

Exploring the impact of the 1854 massacre of the Naagula people at Pelican Springs/Boolangul (colonially known as Bootenal Springs). As an outdoors, community developed work it is of a large scale and incorporates music, traditional dance and text – all in rhyming prose. This show is about engaging with and empowering the Yamatji community to tell their stories and explore ways that everyone in the City of Greater Geraldton can heal as a community. It is a beautiful, lyrical, cultural work written by award winning Musician, Naaguja/ Wardandi/ Bubbulman woman Theona Councillor in cooperation with her cousins and elders.

Moorditja Wirla Workshops

Developed by Zac James, a Wongi / Yamatji actor and writer, the program is designed for years 9 – 12 Drama students to create short dramatic works around the ideas of culture, identity and belonging.

  • Dates:25 July - 23 September
  • Venue:Multiple Schools

Details

  • Produced By:Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company
  • Type:Aboriginal
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Hosted By:Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company

Description

Moorditj Wirla uses elements of Forum Theatre to empower young people to explore their definitions of culture and where they see themselves in a wider Australian cultural context.

Tjuma Koondarm

Yirra Yaakin is proud to present, a new Primary School Workshop TJUMA KOONDARM – Tell Your Dreams!

  • Dates:Jul 25 - Sep 23

Details

  • Produced By:Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company
  • Type:Aboriginal,Kids,Workshops
  • Hosted By:Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company

Description

Created by Zac James (Kaarla Kaatijin, Bilya Kaatijin, Djinda Kaatijin, Moorditj Wirla) Tjuma Koondarm is a 3 hour specialist workshop aimed at students in years 2 – 6 that focuses on creative writing, performance and devising. Through a series of drama games and exercises, students will explore story, characters, structure and performance techniques that will provide a foundation for the creation of their own stories!

Behind The Scenes Workshop Series

In recognition of the severe lack of First Nations technicians, designers and arts administrators across Australia, Yirra Yaakin are piloting the ‘Behind the Scenes Workshop Series.’

  • Dates:Aug 27; Sept 3, 10 & 17
  • Venue:Subiaco Arts Centre

Details

  • Produced By:Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company
  • Event Venue:Subiaco Arts Centre
  • Type:Aboriginal,Workshops

Description

Over 4 consecutive Saturdays Yirra Yaakin will expose up to 20 workshop participants to industry professionals from all facets of theatre making including Set Design, Lighting, Sound, Workshop (building), Dramaturgy, Producing Directing and Stage Management. The ‘Behind the Scenes Workshop Series’ is for Perth-based First Nations artists of all ages.

Which Way? First Nations Poetry Workshops

Yirra Yaakin hopes to again engage with First Nations emerging or aspiring poets and provide a platform for them to develop their writing and performance poetry skills.

  • Dates:Sep 3, 10, 17 & 24
  • Venue:Via Zoom

Details

  • Produced By:Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company
  • Type:Aboriginal,Workshops

Description

Facilitated by a nationally renowned and celebrated poet, Which Way? First Nations Poetry Workshops will be in its 3rd successful year. Up to 10 participants will learn the tricks of the trade, where to submit and possibly earn a wage from their poetry and how and where to go to create opportunity for themselves as gigging poets.

Regional Writers' Group

Yirra Yaakin’s Regional Writers’ Group will re-engage with local artists to work within their communities and provide training in storytelling and writing skills development.

  • Dates:Apr 4 - 8; Oct 17 - 21

Details

  • Produced By:Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company
  • Type:Aboriginal,Workshops

Description

In 2022, Yirra Yaakin will continue to expand upon what we have learned and continue the Regional Writers’ Group in Geraldton, through a series of workshops and residencies, moving towards a day of play readings. The Regional Writers’ Group exists to provide the same opportunities to regional Aboriginal people as Yirra Yaakin's Metro Writers’ Group program has for years.