Independent Aboriginal Theatre – a Next Step presentation

Hobo is a raw and gritty new play by emerging writer, James Taylor, which will be presented as part of the Blue Room Theatre season during NAIDOC celebrations. We will once again, support another emerging independent Aboriginal artist through our Next Step program to take the first step towards producing his or her own work in partnership with The Blue Room Theatre.

Initially premiering first as part of Summer Nights for Fringeworld, Yirra Yaakin continues to support and mentor emerging Aboriginal writers, directors, producers and arts workers to become independent artists and creative forces in their own right.

As a centre of excellence in the creation, development and production of Aboriginal performance we actively create effective pathways for artists to achieve their goals and realise their visions and their dreams.


James Taylor - Writer/Director

Summer Nights Cast - Maitland Schnaars, James Hagan and Zac James

Timeline: Summer Nights Performances - 22nd – 25th January 2016, Blue Room Performances - 5th July – 16th July 2015 (TBC)

Venues: Summer Nights - PICA, NAIDOC season - The Blue Room Theatre

Suitable for audiences 18+


For the first time in 2016 Yirra Yaakin will offer the Noongar Shakespeare Workshop Program to upper schools in the Metro area to connect with the celebration of Aboriginal arts and culture. This offers local schools a genuine opportunity to engage their students directly in activities that raise cultural awareness while offering them performance opportunities that they can then present within their own communities.

Successfully piloted in 2015, this unique workshop program is a world first, providing a literary introduction to Noongar language through the lens of Shakespeare’s sonnets. This is another initiative of our Next Step Training program in providing training in Noongar language to Indigenous performers.

Suitable for students aged 15+

Yirra Yaakin, in its role as a cultural leader within the local community, will also engage in various additional events to the above activities. We will participate in NAIDOC Week events ensuring that we once again have stalls and a presence at the Opening Ceremony in Perth, Ashfield Reserve and Midland community days and by attending the 2016 Perth NAIDOC Ball, with the possibility of presenting a performance excerpt from one of our new works.