Following our successful 2018 Program, Artistic Director Kyle J Morrison has programmed another exciting season of new Australian works from local writers, who have been nurtured, mentored […] and trained through our Company’s “Next Step Training Program”.
“We are about to embark on an ambitious year of new works, collaborations with new artists, as well as new workshops and culturally enriching programs. Yirra Yaakin is well placed to explore tough conversations that are relevant to issues in current Australian society.” – Kyle J Morrison
Our Noongar Shakespeare Project will see Yirra Yaakin hold an intensive development of a large-scale work, while through Junior Sonneteers Program we work closely with a select number of high school students, to develop their skills in the areas of Noongar culture, language, performance and Shakespearean performance and poetry.
In 2019 Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company will deliver a diverse and high-quality education program of performances and activities that promote respect, pride and cultural strength, for Indigenous and non-Indigenous community members alike. With incursion/excursion performances and specialised workshops, our 2019 education program has been designed to make students and educators think, question their perceptions and expand their knowledge of theatre as well as contemporary and traditional Aboriginal culture.
Main Stage Productions include:
Cracked by Barbara Hostalek, is a powerful and thought provoking look inside our criminal justice system from an exciting new voice in Australian playwriting.
Djinda Kaatijin (which in Noongar means ‘to understand stars’) by Andrea Fernandez is the next exciting instalment in Yirra Yaakin’s “Kaatijin” series of productions for young people & families.
Ruin: A Hip h’Opera by Kyle J Morrison, Downsyde, MC Trooth, MC Layla and Zac James is an exciting new work using the language of hip hop to tackle the tough issue of the plague of methamphetamine use currently affecting every community.
Sista Girl: Remount (TBC) by Elena Carapetis & Alexis West is a raucous and powerful look at our search for identity.
Written by Barbara Hostalek, whose first play Banned sold out two seasons at The Blue Room Theatre in 2018.
Cracked is the story of Frankie as she rages her way through the criminal justice system with the hope of being reunited with her kids. She’s bitter, disenfranchised and just wants to live life on her terms.
Cracked is a powerful and thought-provoking look inside our criminal justice system from an exciting new voice.
Date: 7 – 18 May | Venue: Subiaco Arts Centre, Main Auditorium
Ruin: A Hip h’Opera
With the flow of jazz, the soul of blues, the energy of electro and the power of funk, Ruin: 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.
Date: 15 – 26 Oct (Opening Night 17 Oct) | Venue: Subiaco Arts Centre, Main Auditorium
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