Immerse yourself in theatre

Experience theatre from Australian and international performers at YIRRAMBOI Festival. From award-winning veterans to exciting emerging artists, and from comedy and to the deeply moving, immerse yourself in these stories.

Powerful stories from award-winning women

Matriarch is dynamic one-woman show celebrating the strength and resilience of four Gumbaynggirr women, spanning over 100 years of Australian history. Recent Green Room Award winner Sandy Greenwood vividly brings to life the matriarchs of her own family through a combination of drama, dance and music.

plenty serious TALK TALK puts front-and-centre the parts of Indigenous art-making that usually remain behind the scenes. Taking dance theatre and weaving in threads of stand-up, visual art, multimedia and performance, recipient of the Australia Council Award for Dance Vicki Van Hout shows off the signature style that has elevated her to one of the most respected tiers of Australian dance-making today.

Where queer culture meets First Nations identity

Joel Bray has daddy issues. And his insatiable cravings for father figures always leave him wanting more. Daddy is the latest work from one of the most electric new figures in Australian dance. Hilarious, provocative and heartfelt, this world premiere tickles the nerve endings of desire while prodding the cavities left by colonisation.

Performing as Portland’s premier drag clown Carla Rossi, Anthony Hudson presents Looking For Tiger Lily, putting a queer spin on the ancestral traditions of storytelling through song, dance and drag. Carla asks what it means for a queer mixed First Nations person to experience their heritage through the lens of white normative culture.

Australian premieres from our Canadian friends

Tales of an Urban Indian is a dark comedy about the life of Simon Douglas, a contemporary First Nations man raised on the reserve in British Columbia and the streets of downtown Vancouver. Uniquely staged on a moving bus driving around city locations, the play explores themes of survival and forgiveness, and examines issues of race and identity.

Montreal-based dance company Lara Kramer Danse presents the fierce and visceral Windigo. Kramer confronts a latent war lurking under the surface in an epic with the air of a post-apocalyptic ballad. Windigo exorcises the demons and undercurrents of the violence perpetrated against First Nation peoples on Turtle Island.

Closer to home: deeply moving Australian stories

Jack Sheppard’s meditations on the nature of culture, ritual and performance are reflected in The Honouring, addressing suicide and trauma within First Nations communities. Through movement, dialogue, text and puppetry, The Honouring explores the transitions that the spirits take after suicide, and pays homage to their souls.

An extraordinary story of Wiradjuri Elders Ruth and Dick Carney, A Little Piece of Heaven is a piece of oral history and a slice of Australian life that has largely gone untold. Starting on a dusty old bridge where they first fell in love as teenagers, the couple recount their 55 years of marriage, and building a life that is testament to their endurance, generosity and love.

Photo: Matriarch, Jalaru Photography