When: Friday, 16 April 2021
Time: 8:00 pm
Under 18’s: $15
Concession/Friends of the Theatre (FOTT): $20
Groups of 6: $25pp
When: Saturday, 24 April 2021
Time: 8:00 pm
Youth 16-24yo: $20
Running time: 90 minutes
Note: Simulated drug use, strong coarse language, adult themes, confronting scenes. Strobe, haze and smoke are all used in this production. | Recommended for ages 16+
Director: Kyle J Morrison
Musical Director: Darren Reutens (Downsyde)
Lyricists: Benjamin Hasler (Downsyde), Layla Hanbury (Layla), Moana Lutton (Moana Mayatrix), Ryan Samuels (Trooth) and Scott Griffiths (Downsyde)
Performers: Aria Scarlett, Benjamin Hasler (Downsyde), Moana Lutton (Moana Mayatrix), and Scott Griffiths (Downsyde)
Writer: Zac James
Mentor / Dramaturg: Andrew Bovell
Stage Manager: Karen Cook
Tour Sound Operator: Roger Miller
Lighting Designer: Joe Paradise Lui
Tour Lighting Actualiser: Peter Young
Set and Costume Designer: Matthew McVeigh
Design Actualiser: Sara Chirichilli
Scenic Artist: Sam Knox
Story Collectors / Researchers: Rania Ghandour and Elinor King
Ice Land: A Hip h’Opera is the journey of three people and Ice addiction in all its states, including happiness, invincibility and clarity, through to despair, fear, psychosis and, ultimately, the breakdown of our communities – their ruin. Aided by the enigmatic Dnale Ci, it is a twisted tale of grief, addiction and redemption.
It’s an exciting new work using the power of hip hop to explore a pressing issue within our communities, featuring new music from Aussie hip hop legends Downsyde, Layla and Moana Mayatrix.
With the flow of jazz, the soul of blues and the energy of electro, Ice Land: A Hip h’Opera uses the language of hip hop to tackle a tough issue currently affecting our society – the plague of methamphetamine use.
Yirra Yaakin has gathered powerful testimonials from users, carers, family members and many others to piece together a full-length contemporary theatre performance using hip hop as the key musical and philosophical drive. Join us as we explore the journey of Ice addiction in all its states, including happiness, invincibility and clarity, through to despair, fear, psychosis and, ultimately, the breakdown of our communities – their ruin.
Alongside a team that boasts some of Western Australia’s best artists, including Perth hip hop kings Downsyde, the awe-inspiring vocalist Aria Scarlett, multi-disciplinary performer, musician and singer Moana Mayatrix of MOANA, we explore a very timely subject and ultimately ask the question: if meth use continues to escalate within our communities, what is going to happen to our society as a whole?
Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company would like to acknowledge the support of the following partners.
- The Australian Government through the Australia Council, its principal arts funding and advisory body
- The State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries
- Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
- Wesfarmers Arts
- Special thanks to CircuitWest for their support.
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