Junior Sonneteers Program

* The Junior Sonneteers Program is subject to funding

Year Level  10 - 12
Venue  Subiaco Arts Centre
Dates x1 week long intensive creative development during term 3 school holidays 
  + various performance opportunities TBC
Duration 3 x 1 hour sessions
Cost Free
Enquiries education@yirrayaakin.com.au or 9380 3049

Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company is focused on engaging young performers and creatives, and assisting them to grow and develop. Yirra Yaakin’s Artistic Director, Kyle J Morrison started his journey as a 16 year old, with a traineeship through Yirra Yaakin, so the company understands and values the importance of investing in our young people.

In 2018 (subject to funding) Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company will expand upon the current Sonnets in Noongar Workshop program by inviting students (via an audition process) to become a part of the Junior Sonneteers.

The Junior Sonneteers program will include a week long intensive workshop (held during the term 3 school holidays) with Artistic Director Kyle J Morrison, who will work with the students on performative techniques and language resulting in performance opportunities of the Shakespearean Sonnets in Noongar language. These include performances at Yirra Yaakin’s 25th anniversary celebration in October 2018 and pre performances at SolOTHELLO at the Subiaco Arts Centre in November 2018.

The hope is that this group of Junior Sonneteers will grow and continue beyond 2018, where they will engage with regular training and performance opportunities with the potential to perform in our very exciting, and never been done before, full scale adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth in Noongar Language in 2019.

The Junior Sonneteers program is not only about developing capacity and embedding youth into the future of Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company but is also about actively promoting the sustainability of one of the oldest languages in the world whilst promoting cultural awareness and reconciliation, along with a greater sense of connection and understanding of the local Aboriginal community.