Due to the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19, the dates and format for some of our education programs have been changed. Please refer to individual programs for more information.
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
Written by Zac James
Age Group Years K – 6
Dates 24 August – 25 September (Term 3) | 12 October – 16 November (Term 4) | 7 December – 17 December (Term 4)
Venue Metro Schools Incursion
Arts / English / HASS
Science / Sustainability / Aboriginal & Torres Strait
Islander Histories & Cultures
Education Kit Included
Ngalaka Daa Ensemble
Age Group 15+
Venue King St Arts Centre
April 24, 5pm (Audition Submission Deadline)
29 Jun – 4 Sep (Language Lessons) | 7 – 25 Sep (x 2 Weekly Rehearsals) | 29 Sep – 8 Oct (Intensive Rehearsals & Performance Opportunity)
An exciting and unique opportunity for students to participate in an intense series of workshops and rehearsals leading to a number of curated public performance opportunities.More Info
Moorditj Wirlya | Respect Yourself, Respect Your Culture Workshops
Age: 14+ (Years 8 – 12)
Venue: Metro Schools Incursion
Dates: 19 October – 11 December
‘Moorditj Wirla’ (Strong Heart) uses elements of Forum Theatre to empower young people to explore their definitions of culture, and where they see themselves in a wider Australian cultural context.More 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 Officer 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.
Noongar Shakespeare Project Partner
Education and Commmunity Engagement Partner
Community Cultural Partner
Digital Education 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!