We Invite You To Share With Us The Aboriginal Story
Each year Yirra Yaakin presents a vital and strong education program suitable for young people. We create youth-focused productions, undertake residencies and conduct workshops across the state. We tour locally and regionally, providing unique cultural experiences to some of the most remote communities in the world.
With a focus on West Australian Cross-Curriculum priorities Yirra Yaakin is developing and expanding its education program to meet the needs of schools, families and the wider community.
The Arts, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures enrich understanding of the diversity of arts practices in Australia. Exploration of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures provides a rich opportunity to build a greater understanding of Australian history as well as fostering mutual understanding and respect between cultures. – School Curriculum and Standards Authority, Government of Western Australia
With this in mind from 2013 we joined with our new Community Cultural partner, The Western Australian Museum, to grow and develop opportunities to present contemporary Aboriginal performing arts experiences.
At Yirra Yaakin teachers and AIEO’s are our partners in promoting the value of young people’s involvement in arts and culture. The company enjoys strong relationships with schools throughout Perth, and in regional and remote communities of WA.
Our productions and programs are about bringing educators and students opportunities designed to make students think, question their preconceptions and expand their knowledge of theatre as well as contemporary and traditional Aboriginal culture.
Our schools program is supported by quality comprehensive educational materials, and is designed to develop theatre/audience skills, social/personal attributes and to promote a uniquely Aboriginal cultural learning experience.
Our current program sees Yirra Yaakin offering a diverse range of presentations, including incursion/ excursion performances, one-off events, and specialised workshops. These are directly linked to the current Curriculum Framework, with a range of offerings suitable for students of all ages.
Audiences will join Koorlbardi (Magpie), Weitj (Emu), Nyingarn (Echidna) and their koordah (friends) as they journey through Noongar Boodjar sharing stories of how the land was created.
Written by Ian Wilkes
Directed by Bobbi Henry
Age Group: Years PP – 6
Metro Tour (Perth): April – June 2024
Regional Tour: July – August 2024
Venue: Schools Incursion
Education Kit IncludedMore Info
Sista Girl is a brilliantly humorous, powerful, and heart-warming production.
Written by Alexis West and Elena Carapetis
Directed by Bobbi Henry
Age Group: Years 10 – 12
Perth Metro Tour: June – July 2024
Education Kit AvailableMore Info
Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company strives to deliver a diverse and high quality education program of performances and activities that promote respect, pride and cultural strength to all students across Western Australia. We believe cultural empowerment is the basis of a healthy, sustainable community and provides the building blocks on which other key messages can be delivered to the community.
Education Kits and Resources
Yirra Yaakin’s Education Kits are developed by Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company’s Education Manager in consultation with Noongar Elders, local community and educators within Western Australia. They are available free, as an additional resource, to teachers/lecturers who make a group student booking to the performance.
The Education Kits are a useful reference for teachers, lecturers and students and contain social, cultural and historical details, production information such as interviews with members of the creative team and a variety of activities linked with learning areas and outcomes from the West Australian Curriculum Framework.
Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company Education Kits are available to purchase for $30.00 + GST (plus postage) after the production run has closed.
Everything you need to know to help prepare for your school visit to Yirra Yaakin’s performances.
Kits are currently available to purchase for the following productions…
Our Education Partners
Thank you to the partners who make the delivery of our Education programs possible.
Koondarm Koomba (Dream Big) Partner
Education & Community Engagement Partner
We rely on you, our community, for our future creative and cultural programs. Your donations, encouragement and friendship provide vital support for the ongoing development of our artists and our work. Help us share Aboriginal stories by becoming a donor today!