30 years of Indigenous storytelling with depth and generosity

Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company marks three decades of sharing Indigenous stories with the world.
Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company. A bearded man wearing a gold crown on stage sgainst a black background.

This year marks 30 years since the establishment of what is now one of Australia’s most prominent Indigenous theatre companies. Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company was founded, and still remains, on Noongar Country (in Perth/Boorloo), and in its first three decades it has paved the way for a long list of Indigenous playwrights, actors and directors to share their stories with each other and the world.

The company has premiered some remarkable new stage productions over the years, including Waltzing the Wilarra (2011) and Windmill Baby (2005), both written by the esteemed Indigenous playwright David Milroy.

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ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).