Directed by Kyle J Morrison

Featuring Ian Wilkes, Emmanuel J Brown, Peter Docker

So Long Suckers is a first time cross-cultural, cross art form collaboration between Yirra Yaakin & Bunuba Cultural Enterprises (Jandamarra) from Broome. Inspired by real-life stories this provocative and powerful new work explores the destructive effects on alcoholism on Indigenous & Non-Indigenous communities. This is a first time collaboration between some of WA’s most exciting creative talents exploring the Aboriginal voice and space including Kyle J Morrison and Dalisa Pigram (Marrugeku). Incorporating original live music, movement, and storytelling So Long Suckers will premiere in Perth, tour in WA & then nationally.

When we meet the Three Wise Men, they are drunk, lost, handcuffed, bewildered and don’t even know each other. They fight over grog. They try to remember who they are – but each time they remember it is a grog-police-jail memory. They are prisoners haunted by memories of freedom fighters – Yagan, Ned Kelly & Jandamarra (who all lost their heads and their heads were lost). They each chase down their identities and their purpose, all the while sorting through their memories of oppression and of fighting back. As they go through this process they become closer to themselves, to this reality. What is their wisdom? Will they get to the birth? Will their gifts be appropriate? 

A major health issue for both black and white, young and old across our country, this work reflects Yirra Yaakin’s commitment to explore difficult and provocative issues that affect our communities and the wider culture through the medium of contemporary theatre.


Director – Kyle J Morrison

Concept/ Associate Producer – Steve Hawke (Bunuba Cultural Enterprises)

Developed and Performed by – Ian Wilkes, Emmanuel J Brown, Peter Docker

Scripted by- Peter Docker

Choreographer – Dalisa Pigram

Associate Choreographer - Jacob Lehrer

Musical Director – Darren Reutens (Dazastah from Downsyde)

Lighting Designer – Chris Donnelly

Set Designer – India Mehta

Our play, in conjunction with our free Education Kit (available from 26th of May), can be used as a resource to teach the Cross Curriculum Priority - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, as both the play and the Education Kit will be linked to the Western Australian Curriculum.

Target audience/Year level:  Yrs 10 - 12 (15+ contains course language & adult themes)

PRICE: $20 per ticket + transaction fee
1 Teacher Ticket free with every 8 student tickets purchased

If you are interested in booking for this play please email our Education Officer who will provide our 2016 Schools Group Booking Form or download it HERE.
E: education@yirrayaakin.com.au | T: 9380 3049

Yirra Yaakin | Bunuba Cultural Enterprises | So Long Suckers Promo Teaser 2

“Some chains are meant to be broken.” What would happen if The Three Wise Men arrived drunk, lost, handcuffed and as strangers to each other? Scripted and collaborated by the performers Peter Docker, Emmanuel James Brown, Ian Wilkes with Director Kyle J ...
Duration : 36 sec.

Yirra Yaakin Theatre | So Long Suckers | Opening Night Vox Pops

Check out the Vox Pops we recorded on opening night of So long Suckers, Saturday 28 May 2016 at the Subiaco Arts Centre. ...
Duration : 2:41 minutes