With special thanks to our NAIDOC Partner, Georgiou Group, Yirra Yaakin celebrates 2015 NAIDOC in a theatrical fashion by supporting a number of special events and presentations.

2015 NAIDOC Week Events Program

Opening Night NAIDOC Celebration Event: Wednesday 8 July, at 7.30pm

Gudirr Gudirr

Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company and Marrugeku present Marrugeku's Gudirr Gudirr.

In another first for the Company, Yirra Yaakin will be co-presenting the Perth premiere of the award winning Gudirr Gudirr with Marrugeku Theatre Company from Broome. This extraordinary performance of physical theatre combines the raw power of contemporary Indigenous dance with theatre and will have audiences enthralled from start to finish with a powerful and mesmerizing solo performance from Dalisa Pigram.

“Gudirr Gudirr calls a warning, the guwayi bird calls when the tide is turning — to miss the call is to drown. An intimate solo dance and video work performed by Dalisa Pigram, daughter of Broome. By turns hesitant, restless, resilient and angry, Gudirr Gudirr lights a path from a broken past through a fragile present and on to a future still in the making.”

Team: Concept, performer & co-choreographer – Dalisa Pigram

             Director & co-choreographer – Koen Augustijnen

             Designer - Vernon Ah Kee (see all here)

Performances: 7th – 9th July 2015

Venue: Studio Underground - State Theatre Centre

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Songbird will be the second play produced by Shakara Walley (Next Step Trainee) with the assistance of Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company.

Songbird is a story about a young couple, Leon & Brooke, who parted ways following the death of Brooke’s brother, Michael, who was also Leon’s best mate. After five years, Leon wants to re-connect with Brooke and find out why Michael died. Does he really want to know the truth behind the death? Will he understand why reconciliation with Brooke may be too difficult or will their shared memories & love of music allow forgiveness to triumph over the ever-aching sadness they both share? A play of music, shared tragedy and love, this project continues our NAIDOC  program of supporting emerging Indigenous talent with partners The Blue Room Theatre.

Team: Writer/Producer - Shakara Walley

             Director – Ian Wilkes

             Featuring: Bethany Cooper, Zac James, James Taylor

Performances: 7th July – 18th July 2015

Venue: The Blue Room Theatre

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Yirra Yaarnz Reading / Q & A and other NAIDOC events

Yirra Yaarnz 2015 will celebrate NAIDOC Week in a storytelling fashion by providing a focus on works being produced that celebrate the art of Aboriginal storytelling. Building on our work during 2014, we will co-ordinate another 2-hour presentation, followed by a Q & A session with texts developed from members of The Yirra Yaakin Writers’ Group. These works in progress showcase the importance of storytelling as it relates to Aboriginal culture.

Team: Yirra Yaakin Artistic Director – Kyle J Morrison

            Yirra Yaakin Assistant Producer  - Shakara Walley

             Facilitators - Geoff Kelso, Hellie Turner, Polly Low

             Writer’s Group - Barbara Hostelek, Lynette Narkle, Mei-Ching Reily, Jack Sheppard, Rosemary Walley, James Taylor

Time: Sunday, 2 – 5pm, 12th July 2015

Venue: The Blue Room Theatre

In addition to the above performances, Yirra Yaakin will participate in NAIDOC Week community events by ensuring that we once again have stalls at the Opening Ceremony in Perth and at the Ashfield and Midland community days.