Yirra Yaakin Heading In New Directions 2015

Officially launching its 2015 program on Tuesday 9 December 2014 at the Western Australian Museum – Perth, Artistic Director Kyle Morrison announced Yirra Yaakin would be growing new partnerships, new collaborations, new friends and heading in new directions ...

Highlights of our 2015 season include; the launch of a bold new, world-first education initiative: the Shakespeare’s Sonnets in Noongar language Workshop program; a world premiere of Broome playwright Jub Clerc’s The Fever and the Fret; a partnership with Perth International Arts Festival’s major community event The Giants; an expansion of our NAIDOC Week WA program, deepening our relationships with the local Noongar community; and Kep Kaatijin a work for younger audiences by playwrights David Milroy and Derek Nannup which returns to the WA Museum along with an extensive Metro schools tour.

2014 was a fantastic year for the Company as we celebrated our 21st Birthday with successful events including IALARU: A Celebration and the smash hit King Hit.

“We will continue to build upon our successes in 2014 with an exciting new program in 2015,” said Yirra Yaakin’s Artistic Director Kyle Morrison.

“We will be focusing on new beginnings, new partnerships and new directions which will provide opportunities for the Company and our artists to grow stronger and taller in the years to come.”


13-15 Feb 2015, Streets and Parks of Perth City

Perth Festival event

Yirra Yaakin is responsible for the coordination and delivery of the Indigenous creative content for The Giants, a three-day event with surprises each day. The story begins on Friday 13 February and as the Giants walk our streets, they will become part of the city and include us all in the spectacle.

Once upon a time in a desert in the west, a Little Girl Giant fell from the sky into one of those communities in love with the stars, the earth, the trees, the water. One day, she found an old book full of love and sorrow, hope and lost battles. The Little Girl Giant knew then what she had to do. With a tear in her eye, she climbed aboard her boat and set sail across the sand for the big city ...

KEP KAATIJIN by David Milroy in association with Derek Nannup

14 – 28 March 2015 (11am & 2pm, Saturdays), Western Australian Museum – Perth - FREE to the community

17 March – 2 April 2015, Metro Schools Incursion For ages 4+

Following booked out seasons in 2013 & 2014 Kep Kaatijin will return in 2015. This work will tour to Metropolitan Schools during the week and be performed free to families at the WA Museum, Perth on Saturdays, as well as to a limited number of outer Metro and Rural schools.

Kep Kaatijin (to understand water) is a collection of stories based on traditional Noongar knowledge and storytelling. From Mumung, the hungry whale, to Djitty Djitty, the angry willy wagtail, Kep Kaatijin will take young audiences on a fascinating and entertaining journey into traditional Noongar knowledge and storytelling. Through traditional and contemporary myths and legends, Kep Kaatijin brings to life stories from the waterways of the South West of Western Australia. (Project Partner – The Water Corporation)


1-25 September 2015, South West region of WA For ages 13-17

The Yirra Yaakin Culture 2.0 | Respect Yourself Respect Your Culture Education Workshop program provides meaningful cultural engagement with high school students in local, regional and remote areas of WA. This educational workshop program enables Yirra Yaakin to engage with both the Aboriginal history and theatre studies curriculum requirements in schools, while also offering unique performance creation opportunities & outcomes. (Project Partner – Healthway)


8-11 July 2015
Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge
NAIDOC Week Events TBA (Project Partner – Georgiou Group)


24 August- 12 September 2015 Venue TBA

The Fever and the Fret was originally written as part of a Playwriting Australia Broome workshop, and was re-worked in 2013/2014 as part of the second round of those workshops.

Yirra Yaakin will continue to offer important community development programs;

The Yirra Yaakin Writer’s Group, an initiative of the Recording Stories Program and The Next Step Training Program.


Yirra Yaakin Exists To Share Aboriginal Stories

Yirra Yaakin (Yir-raarh Yaarh-kin] which means “Stand Tall” in Noongar language, is one of Australia’s leading Aboriginal performing arts organisations producing award-winning, world-class theatre that is exciting, entertaining, educational, authentic and culturally appropriate.

Established in 1993, the Year of Indigenous People, as Yirra Yaakin Noongar Theatre, we started off with one successful funding application, three staff members and the desire to provide the Aboriginal community with an artistic outlet for positive self-determination.

Twenty one years later, Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, with a combined board and staff of 19, has evolved into a respected cultural leader and artistic hub for Aboriginal people from all over Western Australia, Australia, and indeed, around the world.

Our stories have reached 13 countries in five continents and we have won awards for our theatre, governance and our partnerships, including a prestigious Sidney Myer Award for our record of facilitating Indigenous artistic programs.

The company has commissioned and premiered over 50 new theatre works. These include major Festival presentations such as Waltzing the Wilarra, One day in 67, Aliwah, Windmill Baby, and Cruel Wild Woman. Prominent Aboriginal writers have included Dallas Winmar, Mitch Torres, David Milroy, Sally Morgan and Derek Nannup, amongst many others who have contributed to the Yirra Yaakin experience.

Yirra Yaakin is proud to have produced a body of work unequalled in innovation, excellence and cultural significance. However, it’s not just our professional performance program that has won us awards and critical acclaim. Yirra Yaakin has always had a broad education and community engagement program with a development base to ensure we continue to have Indigenous trainees working within the Australian theatre industry. Yirra Yaakin’s priority is to ensure Aboriginal theatre remains under Aboriginal control and keeps providing opportunities for Aboriginal artists at all levels of theatre creation and production.

Media contact: Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company Marketing Manager Andrea Fernandez m + 61 (0) 457 299 766 | t + 61 8 9202 1966 | e andrea@yirrayaakin.com.au ICN: 2321