Writers Group


Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company is committed to sharing stories with our community, created by our community, through theatre.

Yirra Yaarnz is a weekend of play readings from emerging Western Australian Aboriginal playwrights responding to 2018 National NAIDOC theme: Because of her, we can!  Mentored by award-winning playwright Hellie Turner, Polly Low and Geoff Kelso through Yirra Yaakin’s Writers’ Group, this presentation showcases the importance of storytelling & playwriting as it relates to Aboriginal culture. 

Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, The Blue Room Theatre and Playwriting Australia are combining dedicated resources to nurture new and emerging Aboriginal playwrights.

Writer’s Group Co-ordinator: Irma Woods

Writer Group Facilitator +Dramaturg: Geoff Kelso

Writer Group Facilitator + Dramaturg: Polly Low

Writer Group Facilitator + Dramaturg: Hellie Turner

Writers: TBC


Yirra Yaakin is inviting aspiring playwrights to participate in an intensive playwriting program on the craft and process of writing a play script.

Writers will be guided through craft sessions and writing sessions aimed at turning their idea into a play script. At the culmination of the workshop program 6 writers will be selected for one-on-one assistance to help them prepare their scripts for a public reading.

The new work will be read by professional actors during NAIDOC Week 8-15 July 2018, at The Blue Room Theatre.

Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, The Blue Room Theatre and Playwriting Australia are combining dedicated resources to nurture new and emerging Aboriginal playwrights.


Geoff Kelso has 40- years of experience as an actor, comedian and writer working in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth in theatre, radio, TV and film. Geoff is a co-creator (‘writer’) & performer of Bindjareb Pinjarra, a play about the Pinjarra massacre, which was first performed at The Blue Room Theatre in 1994 and currently still tours around Australia. Geoff graduated from NIDA in 1975, and in 2010 graduated from the WA Screen Academy with a Bachelor of Communications in Film & TV Writing & Directing. 

Polly Low began work as an actor in the theatre industry over 35 years ago. She now also works as a dramaturg, literary advisor, director, lecturer and writer. She is currently the Literary Director at Black Swan State Theatre Company, where she works one-on-one with commissioned writers developing their plays and also reads and assesses scripts from around the world. Polly first worked with Yirra Yaakin as a workshop leader back in the 1990s. She has also worked as a dramaturg for Yirra Yaakin.

Hellie Turner is a prolific WA playwright with numerous awards and production credits to her name. She has written for all sectors of the theatre. She was resident playwright for ‘kompany M’, professional WA theatre ensemble 2005-2010. Hellie has won the WA Premier's Book Awards twice (2002/2006) and had her work show-cased in both London and New York in recent years. Her most recently produced shows are ANYTOWN 2011, MAD FRED 2013, MEOW! 2015 & 2016. Her documentary theatre piece PROJECT XAN was produced at PICA in 2016. Her new play ‘The Lighthouse Girl’ was performed in May 2017 as part of Black Swan State Theatre Company’s  2017 program.

To register for the Writer's Group email: marketing@yirrayaakin.com.au or call: 9380 3040