Yirra Yaakin

The Creative: Writer and Performer Maitland Schnaars

Published on November 8, 2017
Categories - Blog, Read About, The Creative

A regular on the Perth theatre circuit, Maitland Schnaars will be making his debut for Black Swan Theatre Company in their upcoming production of Let the Right One In. Based on a novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist, which was then made into a film in its original Swedish and also as a US adaptation, it is a coming-of-age love story featuring vampires. I for one can’t wait to see how the poignant and haunting story is transferred to the stage when it shows at the State Theatre Centre from 11 November. Like myself, Maitland is a fan of the Swedish film and is thrilled to be a part of this production. We caught up to chat about the show and his career both on stage and behind the scenes. Claire. 

Conversations With The Dead: Q&A with Actor Alan Little

Published on May 17, 2017
Categories - Blog, Events, Read About

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.

Treats for Your Thursday

Published on May 26, 2016
Categories - Blog, Read About, Treats for your Thursday

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.

The Creative: Actor Ian Michael

Published on May 23, 2016
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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.

The Creative: Emerging Playwright James Taylor

Published on January 25, 2016
Categories - Blog, Read About, The Creative

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.

Treats for Your Thursday

Published on September 17, 2015
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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.

Treats for Your Thursday

Published on July 9, 2015
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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.

The Creative: Actor & Director Shakara Walley

Published on June 30, 2015
Categories - Blog, Read About, The Creative

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.

The Creative: Performer Katya Shevtsov

Published on July 15, 2014
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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…