This is a co-production with the State Theatre Company of South Australia.

A raucous and powerful look at our search for identity.

Two young women meet face to face for the first time across the bed of a dying man. Strangers to each other but bonded by blood and grief. Sisters. They break the cold silence of the hospital room to start a difficult conversation. About the past and secrets. About the women who were their mothers. And about why this man, their father, abandoned one family to make another. When the past is dying and can’t say sorry, how do you move on?

Venue Format
Theatre, Black Box Venue
Technical Rating
Touring Party
4 (two actors, Stage Manager, touring technician)

This is a co-production between Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company and the State Theatre Company of South Australia. Please note - the technical specifications supplied are for a South Australian regional tour run by STCSA, and will vary slightly for a tour run by Yirra Yaakin. Full length video of production available on request.

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.

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Unique Selling Point

Sista Girl is an exploration of the relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians, via the story of two women who share a white father. Co-written by Elena Carapetis (Gorgon) and Alexis West (Echoes …. of Knowing Home) especially for the brilliant Natasha Wanganeen (Rabbit Proof Fence, The Shadow King) and Nadia Rossi, the play will speak directly to audiences about questions of identity, grief and the complex nature of family.

Marketing Materials

  • Education kit
  • Marketing kit
  • Promotional videos
  • Production images

Community Engagement

Sista Girl provides a variety of community engagement opportunities for audiences. 'Girls Night' performance experiences have proven to be very successful, providing an opportunity for women to attend the theatre in a safe environment, with meet and greet opportunities available (men are still allowed!). This production also provides opportunities to engage with the local Italian and Aboriginal communities in a variety of ways.