Join Koorlbardi (Magpie), Weitj (Emu), Nyingarn (Echidna) and their koordahs (friends) as they take you on a wild adventure into traditional legends of how the land was created.

Through a collection of four stories based on Noongar knowledge and storytelling, audiences will learn about The First Sunrise; The Creation of Kings Park and How the Kangaroo Got It’s Colour; How the Echidna Got Its Spikes; and The Creation of Wave Rock and the Stars.

Boodjar Kaatijin is the third installment of the successful Kaatijin series of new works created for younger audiences. Boodjar Kaatijin incorporates puppetry and masks with storytelling to share Noongar understanding of the Earth and country.

This production continues Yirra Yaakin’s involvement in connecting the very young with important cultural knowledge and stories, sharing important messages of caring for country, environmental sustainability and cultural awareness.


Venue Format
Theatre, Hall, Black Box Venue, Outdoor
Technical Rating
D, The production can be modified to suit most venues
Touring Party
5
Considerations

These are Dreamtime stories from the Noongar nation of south-western Australia, and cannot be adapted to fit other Indigenous nations within Australia.

Yirra Yaakin (Yir-raarh Yaarh-kin] which means “Stand Tall” in the Noongar language, is one of Australia’s leading Aboriginal performing arts organisations producing world-class theatre that is exciting, entertaining, educational, authentic and culturally appropriate.

Yirra Yaakin was established in 1993 as Yirra Yaakin Noongar Theatre, and more than twenty three years later, Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company has evolved into a respected cultural leader and artistic hub for Aboriginal people from all over Western Australia, Australia, and around the world.

Our stories have reached 13 countries in five continents and we have won awards for our theatre, governance and our partnerships, including a prestigious Sidney Myer Award for our record of facilitating Indigenous artistic programs. The company has commissioned and premiered over 50 new theatre works. These include major Festival presentations such as Waltzing the Wilarra, One day in 67, Aliwah, Windmill Baby, and Cruel Wild Woman.

Yirra Yaakin has always had a broad education and community engagement program with a development base to ensure we continue to have Indigenous trainees working within the Australian theatre industry. Yirra Yaakin’s priority is to ensure Aboriginal theatre remains under Aboriginal control and keeps providing opportunities for Aboriginal artists at all levels of theatre creation and production.


Company Website
yirrayaakin.com.au

Unique Selling Point

This new work is based on the creation stories in and around the Perth metropolitan area. By sharing stories from our local region, we hope to give students a glimpse into the cultural significance of the places in which we live.

Marketing Materials

  • Education Kit available
  • Marketing Kit available
  • Production images available

Community Engagement

Boodjar Kaatijin connects children with Dreamtime stories and Noongar language from south-Western Australia. This will broaden their understanding of the diverse range of Indigenous cultures throughout Australia.