Corporate Bookings

Corporate Bookings

We invite you to bring a live Yirra Yaakin theatre or workshop experience into your organisation. Yirra Yaakin has always had a broad education and community engagement program within our annual Program of Activities. Our Corporate bookings are an extension of this engagement program.

Noongar Shakespeare Sonnets Presentation

In 2012, in an international first, Yirra Yaakin presented translated Shakespearian Sonnets in the Noongar language as part of the Globe Theatre’s Cultural Olympiad in London. We also presented a selection of Shakespeare Sonnets in Noongar at the 2013 PIAF Opening on the banks of the Swan River in another first for the Company.

Following the introduction of a pilot program into high schools during 2016, we will continue this evolution of translating Shakespeare Sonnets into the Noongar language with an expansion of these initial pilots and provide an innovative new learning platform for the understanding and appreciation of Noongar language, Shakespeare Sonnets and culture. This overall project includes the creative development undertaken by the company, in partnership with Bell Shakespeare, in the translation and adaptation of MacBeth into the Noongar language.

Duration: 15 minutes
Performers: 2
Suitable for: Adults
Suggested event type: Staff or Arts Supporters function or social event

This program is proudly supported by:

Principal Project Partner for the Noongar Shakespeare Project – Wesfarmers Arts

Development Partner – Woodside

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Project Co-Development Partner – Bell Shakespeare

Children’s Family Performance

Kaarla Kaatijin

Kaarla Kaatijin (which in Noongar means ‘to understand fire’) is the first story in a trilogy of productions centred around Noongar language and culture.

The story follows the plight of the birds and animals of the land suffering an endless, icy winter. Together they undertake a dangerous and brave mission to catch ‘Kaarla’ (fire) and bring it back to warm the land once more. Rich in storytelling and beautifully written characters, Kaarla Kaatijin builds on Yirra Yaakin’s excellent reputation for high quality Aboriginal theatre for young people. This enchanting Western Australian story celebrates local culture and heritage in a refreshingly youthful and vibrant way.

Written by Zac James
Directed by Ian Wilkes
Co-created with Joe Lui (Sound Design), Matthew McVeigh (Set and Costume Design), Bec Garlett (Stage Manager)
Featuring Amy Smith, Levi Widnall & Demi Bennett (TBC)

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Duration: Approx. 45 minutes
Performers: 3, plus 1 sound/stage manager
Suitable for: family audiences, children ages 4+ and primary school audiences
Suggested event type: Staff family day

Objectives:

  • Learn about traditional stories adapted for how Noongar Boodjar (land) was created, featuring Noongar language

This program is proudly supported by:

Community and Education Engagement Partner – Healthway

Development Partner – Woodside

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Co-Production Partner – the Western Australian Museum

Company Partner – The Water Corporation

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