May 2017 marks 50 years since the 1967 Referendum, when the Australian voting public elected to amend the constitution to allow for Aboriginal people to be counted in the census. Twenty years later the Australian Government appointed a Royal Commission to study and report on Aboriginal deaths in custody. Three decades on and the question is raised – how far have we come as a nation with respect to the treatment of Indigenous peoples?
Yirra Yaakin asks this question with their production of Richard Frankland MA’s powerful play Conversations With The Dead, showing at the Subiaco Arts Centre this month.
1. Like You Webseries
Like You is a six part web series that is a modern, feminist take on romantic comedies. Body and sex positive, the series explores dating, friendship and struggling up the career ladder through the eyes of Elliot, a 20-something living in Perth.
Opening at the Blue Room Theatre tomorrow night is Hart, a new play from Noongar man Ian Michael that uses testimonials from the Stolen Generations to share previously silenced stories. We caught up with Ian to find out more about the show.
Since graduating from WAAPA’s Aboriginal Theatre program, James Taylor has been lucky enough to earn a position within Yirra Yaakin’s Next Step Program. While he has been around the traps a while, learning his craft and acting in television commercials and on stage, James’ first professional writing and directing debut came with Hobo – a new play that enjoyed its world premiere last Friday night.
1. Force of Destiny Talking Pictures GIVEAWAY
Force of Destiny is a new Australian flick filmed in Melbourne and India and starring David Wenham. Robert (Wenham) is a renowned sculptor who is diagnosed with liver cancer and six months to live.
1. Support Small Business on Small Business Day!
Actually, we think you should support small business everyday, that’s part of what we’re about. But this Saturday 11 July is Small Business Day, arranged by the Small Business Matters group, so why not make it a priority? It’s a great excuse to go out shopping, or for a nice meal, or afternoon tea perhaps, and know that you’re encouraging and enabling fantastic, independent businesses to flourish.
Upcoming show at The Blue Room, Songbird, combines theatre and live music to tell a heartfelt story about uncovering the past. Three friends who grew up together are torn apart in the aftermath of the death of one of them, and five years on, one seeks to find out what happened. Today we talk to writer and producer Shakara Walley.
Now showing at The Blue Room Theatre is the latest production from Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, Confessions of a Pyromaniac. It follows a young couple, Max and Sarah and the strain put on the relationship and household when a family member shows up unexpectedly and decides to stick around. Katya Shevtsov plays Sarah, the understanding, hard working fiancée who does her best to remain supportive and understanding, while things seem to crumble around her. Katya is today’s creative…