2013 PRODUCTIONS

Written by David Milroy in association with Derek Nannup Directed by Derek Nannup

Featuring Amy Smith, Shakara Walley & Ian Wilkes

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

Now that the fire had brought warmth to Noongar Boodjar (land/earth), rivers and oceans were beginning to be created. But that cheeky Djitty Djitty (Willy Wag Tail) has more to say. Drawing from Yirra Yaakin’s rich history of creating stories for young people, Derek Nannup takes the helm in the second instalment in the Kaatijin trilogy.

Image: Photography by Ashley de Prazer, Graphic Design by Steve Dance

Kep Kaatijin is a collection of stories based on traditional Noongar knowledge and storytelling. These stories have been sourced from senior Noongar Elders and adapted by Derek Nannup and David Milroy.

From Mumung, the hungry whale, to Djitty Djitty, the angry willy wagtail, Kep Kaatijin will take young audiences on a fascinating and entertaining journey into traditional Noongar knowledge and storytelling. 

Through traditional and contemporary myths and legends, Kep Kaatijin brings to life stories from the waterways of the South West of Western Australia.

 

Suitable for ages 4+

 A co-production with Awesome Festival

 

 

  • Dreaming tales teach and bewitch

    The West Australian - October 10, 2013

    The Noongar word kaatijin means "learning", or "knowledge", and there's no doubt Yirra Yaakin, WA's indigenous theatre company, believes teaching its audiences is a critical part of its purpose. Just as impressive is how adept the company is at learning from those audiences.

    You see it in the growing impact and enjoyment of their series of Aboriginal stories for adults at the Blue Room. And much the same development is evident in the origin stories they tell for children at the Awesome Festival.

    ...The stories, of the feisty willy wagtail Djitty Djitty (Ian Wilkes) and his scrapes with the kangaroo Yongah (Amy Smith) and emu Weitj (Shakara Walley), the swamp tortoise Booyi, the mulloway Mooree and his insatiable appetite, Chooditch the native cat, Dwert the dingo, Mumung the whale and Kwilla the shark are told in words, dance and, much to the delight of the younger members of the audience, a big serve of pantomime.

     

     

    David Zampatti

Kep Kaatijin (To understand Water)

Written by David Milroy in association with Derek Nannup Directed by Derek Nannup Starring Amy Smith, Shakara Walley & Ian Wilkes Kep Kaatijin (which in Noongar means 'to understand water') is the second instalment in a trilogy of productions centred aro ...
Duration : 2:23 min

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