Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company is proud to present the first ever Yirra Yaakin Playwriting Festival, engaging First Nations playwrights to develop their stories from page to stage.

Staged Readings / Presentations: 6 – 8 July 2023

Free Workshops: 7 – 8 July 2023 (To register please send your contact details to: marketing@yirrayaakin.com.au)

Venue: Subiaco Arts Centre, 180 Hamersley Road, Subiaco (Wandarguttagurrup) WA 6008
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All Tickets: $15.00

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Playwrights: Bruce Denny, Bobbi Henry, Barbara Hostalek, Jannali Jones, Tegan Mulvany, Narelle Thorne and Alexis West

Dramaturgs: Nazaree Dickerson, Luke Hewitt and Rachael Maza

Directors: Bruce Denny, Isaac Drandic and Ian Wilkes

Stage Manager: Jenny Poh

Assistant Stage Manager: Paul Rowe

Performers: Sebastian Critti-Schnaars, Simone Detourbet, Tyren Maclou, Ebony McGuire, Della Rae Morrison, Rayma Morrison, Calen Tassone and Rubeun Yorkshire

Narrators: Simone Detourbet, Marlanie Haerewa, Bobbi Henry and Teresa Moore




Yirra Yaakin Playwriting Festival will support seven playwrights from Western Australia and South Australia to develop their scripts with First Nations directors and dramaturgs.

The developed scripts will be presented as three nights of ticketed and live-streamed readings during NAIDOC Week 2023.



Iso Madness by Narelle Thorne +

Culture Slap by Alexis West


Lost by Bruce Denny + Downstream by Jannali Jones


Thistopia by Bobbi Henry and Tegan Mulvany +

Thirst by Barbara Hostalek



Spare Parts Puppet Theatre – The Making of Puppetry Works | 10am – 12pm

The focus of the workshop will be on puppet performance making through objects. Participants will be introduced to the world of objects as allegorical tools for storytelling and play as a tool for performance making. Participants should wear comfortable clothes/shoes to move in.

Magicorp – The Creation of Digital Works in Theatre | 2pm – 4pm

The idea that a digital production can co‐exist with a live space is becoming an accepted notion in the industry. Digital Theatre is a type of performance which utilises both “live” actors and co-present audiences along with digital media to create a hybrid art form revitalising theatre for contemporary audiences. The modern theatre, through the use of digital technology, has been enriched with current technical concepts and formats. New dramaturgical possibilities in the practice of modern theatre are realised on the stage through the introduction of an extensive range of digital tools: slide shows, video presentation, video projection, 3D effects, multimedia sets, and many lighting and sound effects. Digital technology has great potential for stage planning. However, enlivening the stage space with digital tools is only possible in conjunction with the actor’s craftsmanship. Participants should wear comfortable clothes/shoes to move in. Join Magicorp to learn how these mediums can take the art form in new directions.


The Blue Room Theatre – Getting your Play on at the Blue Room | 12pm – 1.30pm

Join staff from The Blue Room Theatre to learn more on how to get your work on stage, and other ways to get involved with the venue. In this workshop, we will run through our Annual Season and Summer Nights programs and unpack what you need to do to apply. As well as other opportunities such as our Short Works program, Artist Advisory Group and other roles in the venue. Whether you are working on creating a show and you want to know what program it would suit, want to hear a bit more about how the venue works or learn about ways to get involved with our theatre – this session will cover it all. Plus we’ll have time for questions and a more casual chat at the end!

Katt Osborne– Applying for Funding | 3pm – 4.30pm

You have a great creative idea, maybe some collaborators and a bit of a rough plan. But how do you build on this project blueprint? You may want or need some funding to take your project to the next level. In this presentation, The Blue Room Theatre’s Executive Director Katt Osborne will share some of her essential tips to writing a successful funding application and answer any burning questions.


We acknowledge the following partners, whose support makes this program possible:








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