Where: Subiaco Arts Centre
When: 15 – 26 October 2019 (Opening Night 17 October)
Devised by Downsyde, Kyle J Morrison, Layla, Moana Mayatrix, Trooth, and Zac James
Mentor / Dramaturg: Andrew Bovell
Director: Kyle J Morrison
Musical Director: Darren Reutens (Downsyde)
Performers/Lyricists: Benjamin Hasler (Downsyde), Layla Hanbury (Layla), Moana Lutton (Moana Mayatrix), Ryan Samuels (Trooth) and Scott Griffiths (Downsyde)
Librettist: Zac James
Stage Manager: Karen Cook
Lighting Designer: Joe Paradise Lui
Set and Costume Designer: Matthew McVeigh
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, Moana Mayatrix and Trooth.
With the flow of jazz, the soul of blues, the energy of electro and the power of funk, 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.
Meth has torn apart many areas of our community without prejudice towards gender, age, race, class, income status or religion. 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 Australian hip hop kings Downsyde, WA hip hop queen Layla, multi-disciplinary performer, musician and singer Moana Mayatrix of MOANA, and solo hip hop maestro Trooth, 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?
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