Company / Producer Name: Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company
Contact Person: Elinor King
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Company Website: www. yirrayaakin.com.au
We are seeking collaboration and interest from various regional venues and communities throughout WA on several projects that we are producing in 2022. These include:
– touring our productions of Panawathi Girl, Hecate and Dating Black
– support for our second major work in 2022, which will be premiering in Geraldton
– Support for our regional writers group program, which is currently in the mid-west but which we would like to expand in the future
– Support for our educational program, which is touring the mid-west and south-west in 2021, and which we would like to tour into the Kimberley, Pilbara and Gascoyne regions in 2022.
Although based in Perth, Yirra Yaakin’s purpose is to both advocate for and answer to First Nations communities and artists across WA. We are starting to expand our reach to First Nations communities outside of Noongar Boodjar with the ultimate goal of enabling communities to self-produce their own work on their own Country, and would like to discuss with regional venue managers how we can work together to make this happen.
We would specifically like to engage with venues and organisations in the Kimberley, Mid-West, Pilbara and Gascoyne, however would be happy to talk to anyone who is interested in working with Yirra Yaakin!
Our aim is to set up a series of artistic programs throughout regional WA for anyone who is First Nations who is interested in theatre that can eventually be self-managed, as well as strengthening Yirra Yaakin’s touring reputation throughout regional WA. We will know that we have been successful if programs such as our regional writers group are able to expand, and if we are able to tour to regular venues successfully over a number of years.
Established in 1993, the Year of Indigenous People, as Yirra Yaakin Noongar Theatre, we started off with one successful funding application, three staff members and the desire to provide the Aboriginal community with an artistic outlet for positive self-determination. Since then, Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company has evolved into a respected cultural leader and artistic hub for Aboriginal people from all over WA, Australia, and around the world. Yirra Yaakin produces award-winning, world-class theatre, sharing Aboriginal stories through exciting, entertaining, educational and authentic new works. The company has commissioned and premiered more than 50 new major Festival presentations such as Hecate, Waltzing the Wilarra, One day in 67, Aliwah, Windmill Baby, and Cruel Wild Woman. We have worked with and nurtured prestigious Aboriginal writers including David Milroy, Sally Morgan, Derek Nannup, Mitch Torres and Dallas Winmar, among many others. We stand tall and are proud to produce a body of work unrivalled in innovation, excellence and cultural significance. Yirra Yaakin’s priority is to ensure Aboriginal theatre remains under Aboriginal control and provides opportunities for Aboriginal artists at all levels of theatre creation and production. Our education and community engagement programs support Indigenous trainees to be mentored, develop skills and work in the Australian theatre sector. Yirra Yaakin presents Aboriginal stories to audiences across the globe. Our work has been recognised with awards for theatre, governance and our partnerships, including a prestigious Sidney Myer Award for our record of facilitating Indigenous artistic programs.