2013 PRODUCTIONS

Written by Zac James Directed by Kyle J Morrison

Co-created with Joe Lui (Sound Design), Matthew McVeigh (Set and Costume Design), Bec Garlett (Stage Manager)

Featuring Amy Smith, Shakara Walley & Ian Wilkes

Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, in partnership with the Western Australian Museum, presents Kaarla Kaatijin.

Kaarla Kaatijin (which in Noongar means ‘to understand fire’) is the first story in a trilogy of productions centred around Noongar language and culture.

The story follows the plight of the birds and animals of the land suffering an endless, icy winter. Together they undertake a dangerous and brave mission to catch ‘Kaarla’ (fire) and bring it back to warm the land once more. Rich in storytelling and beautifully written characters, Kaarla Kaatijin builds on Yirra Yaakin’s excellent reputation for high quality Aboriginal theatre for young people. This enchanting Western Australian story celebrates local culture and heritage in a refreshingly youthful and vibrant way.

Kaarla Kaatijin was commissioned by Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company and the AWESOME International Arts Festival for Bright Young Things, with its world premiere on 6 October 2012, at The Bird Hide Outdoor Theatre, Perth Cultural Centre.

  • The Grimm brothers, Aesop and Hans Christian Andersen have been given a run for their fairytale money with the indigenous story of how the birds and animals bring fire to warm up Noongar country…. Aimed at kids aged over four, it tells of the Nyitting time, when the world was dark and frozen and the animals huddled together or flew frantically around in circles to get warm….The mood is light and cheeky. …Kaarla Kaatijin is the first Aboriginal play to be presented at the Awesome children’s arts festival and is an important work that informs and entertains youngsters and their parents about the rich folkloric vein originating in our own backyard..

    (Stephen Bevis – The West Australian)

Kaarla Kaatijin by Zac James

FIRST PRESENTED IN OCTOBER 2012 BY 2012 AWESOME INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL DIRECTED BY: KYLE J MORRISON WRITER: ZAC JAMES SOUND DESIGNER/MUSICIAN: JOE LUI PERFORMERS: AMY SMITH, TREVOR RYAN & IAN WILKES PRODUCTION DESIGNER: MATTHEW MCVEIGH STAGE MANA ...
Duration : 01:05 minutes

Project Partner:

Clough