“More than a decade ago, Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, Native Earth Theatre Company (Toronto, Canada) and Tawata Productions (Wellington, NZ) came together to create Honouring Theatre to foster more collaborations, artistic exchanges and touring opportunities. Since then, the Tri-Nations network, led by all three First Nations arts companies, has been alive and evolving.
Following on from the Honouring Theatre collaboration between Yirra Yaakin, Native Earth and Tawata Productions, six First Nations emerging playwrights were engaged and supported in developing the skills needed to write radio plays, including two from WA. 2023 is the time to produce the radio plays and, in continuous collaboration with the Honouring Theatre companies, distribute them globally.”
Yirra Yaakin, meaning ‘Stand Tall’ in Noongar language, is one of Australia’s leading Aboriginal performing arts organisations. They continue to produce award-winning, world-class theatre that is exciting, entertaining, educational, authentic and culturally appropriate.
The company has commissioned and premiered more than 50 new major festival presentations like Waltzing the Wilarra, One day in 67, Aliwah, Windmill Baby, Cruel Wild Woman, Hecate, The Sum of Us and Panawathi Girl. They have worked with and nurtured prestigious Aboriginal writers including David Milroy, Sally Morgan, Derek Nannup, Mitch Torres and Dallas Winmar, among many others.
The organisation is community driven, actively engaging in educational programs and youth workshops in a bid to encourage and further develop Indigenous Australian’s within the theatre industry.