Ian Wilkes and Poppy van Oorde-Grainger, with an oral history from Doolann Leisha Eatts

Galup Fri 19 Feb – Sat 13 Mar Lake Monger Reserve Fri 19 Feb – Sat 13 Mar Lake Monger Reserve $25 - $39 Event Info Buy Tickets
Fri 19 Feb – Sat 13 Mar at Lake Monger Reserve, from $25 - $39

An hour before sunset, a guide meets you at the foot of a bridge on the banks of Lake Monger.

Kaya wanjoo ngany boodja, Galup.
Welcome to my home, Galup – place of fire.

Galup is an interactive walking performance on-country that brings to life largely unknown histories of this area.

Step back in time to the 1830s with Noongar performer Ian Wilkes as your guide. Throughout the show Ian takes on a range of characters guiding you through real events from our collective past and invites you to join in and be part of the show.

Everyday hundreds of people visit Lake Monger without knowing the events that happened here or understanding its significant place in history. Galup seeks to change that, by uncovering the truth with a profound participatory experience.

Created by Ian Wilkes and artist/filmmaker Poppy van Oorde-Grainger, with an oral history from Elder Doolann-Leisha Eatts, this intimate, truth-telling performance will resonate with you long after you leave.

Writer & Performer
Ian Wilkes
Writer, Director & Producer
Poppy van Oorde-Grainger
Oral History Custodian & Performer
Doolann-Leisha Eatts
Birdiya Noongar Cultural Consultants
Doolann-Leisha Eatts, Elizabeth Hayden, Darryl Kickett, Ted Wilkes
Music Dramaturg
Dr Clint Bracknell
Maitland Schnaars
Production Manager
Kirby Brierty
Stage Manager
Mitchell Thomas
Assistant Stage Manager
Samuel Yombich Pilot-Kickett
Research Consultant
Dr Chris Owen
Community Liaison
Della Rae Morrison
Same Drum & Performing Lines WA
Original Commissioner
International Arts Space
Understudy Performer
Glenda Kickett



Ian Wilkes – Writer & Performer
Ian Wilkes is a Noongar theatremaker, dancer and performer. He has directed several plays including Yirra Yaakin’s Boodjar Kaatijin and Songbird and performed numerous lead roles including in Yirra Yaakin's Hecate and Ochre’s Kwongan for Perth Festival, Co3’s The Line at State Theatre WA and Honey Spot at the Sydney Opera House. Ian is also a founding facilitator of Culture 2.0, Yirra Yaakin's regional youth engagement program. He was a facilitating artist on Community Arts Network’s Burdiya Mob project and a performer and Cultural Consultant on Beyond Empathy’s Excursions Project.

Poppy van Oorde-Grainger Writer, Director & Producer
Poppy van Oorde-Grainger is an artist, filmmaker and producer. She works across a range of mediums and specialises in collaborative work with social justice outcomes. Projects Poppy has worked on have been presented at London International Festival of Theatre, MCA in Sydney, Japan Media Arts Festival, and Arts Electronica in Austria. She won the Fremantle Print Award in 2002 and the Australia Council Kirk Robson Award for young leaders in Community Cultural Development in 2010. She has produced numerous projects with Noongar communities including the Burdiya Mob and Goomalling Yarns for Community Arts Network and Kya Kyana for Beyond Empathy. She has also produced work with Martu, Yamatji and Wongi communities since 2004.

Doolann-Leisha Eatts Oral History Custodian, Performer & Birdiya Noongar Cultural Consultant
Doolann-Leisha Eatts is a Whadjuk Bibbumen Noongar Elder and writer, storyteller and teacher of Noongar language. She is author of Our Country, My Nyungar Home and co-author of Australia Through Aboriginal Eyes and The Stories of the Aboriginal Urban Services. In 2011 Doolann was awarded the Torch-Bearers Medallion in recognition of 40 years of creating harmony within the northern suburbs among people of all nationalities and in 2015 she was inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame. She has also received four NAIDOC Perth Awards including 2016 Female Elder of the Year. She is currently Vice-Chairperson of Aboriginal Urban Services and a member of the City of Perth Elders Advisory Committee.

Elizabeth Hayden – Birdiya Noongar Cultural Consultant
Elizabeth Hayden is a Balladong Wilman woman of the Noongar Nation and an Elder who has been involved in the welfare of her people for many years as a State Advisory and a representative for Deaths in Custody and Police Aboriginal Relations. Elizabeth has a Bachelor of Social Work, a Bachelor of Arts and a degree in Media Culture and Creative Arts with a postgrad in that area; all from Curtin University. Elizabeth has worked in government and non government services in the area of mental health for more than 25 years promoting and advocating the needs of Aboriginal mental health. Elizabeth is an advocate for the promotion and use of the Noongar language and loves every opportunity to promote it.

Darryl Kickett – Birdiya Noongar Cultural Consultant
Darryl Kickett is a Noongar man from the Narrogin area who has worked tirelessly for his people for more than 40 years. He has dedicated his life to community development, land rights, education, health and policy. After completing a degree in social science, Darryl was made Head of the Centre for Aboriginal Studies at the Curtin University. During this time, Darryl and his team developed the hugely successful Community Management and Development Course. Darryl has made an outstanding contribution in Aboriginal health including as the CEO of the Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia.

Ted Wilkes – Birdiya Noongar Cultural Consultant
Ted Wilkes is a Noongar Elder who holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Science and his professional background includes working for the WA Museum, the Centre for Aboriginal Studies at the Curtin University of Technology, and 16 years as the Director of the Derbarl Yerrigan Aboriginal Health Service in Perth. Previously, he was also Associate Professor at the National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University, Associate Professor at the Centre for Developmental Health at the Telethon Institute of Child Health, a member of the Australian National Advisory Council on Alcohol and Drugs and a member of the Australian National Council on Drugs and Chair of the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee. In 2014 Ted was made a Member of the Order of Australia 'for distinguished service to the Indigenous community as a leading researcher in the area of public health and welfare, to youth in Western Australia, and to the provision of legal support services' and in 2016 received the Australian Medical Association President's Award.

Maitland Schnaars – Dramaturg
Maitland Schnaars is a Noongar man, an actor, poet and playwright and one of WA’s premier contemporary theatre artists. Maitland was a founding member of physical theatre company Corazona de Vaca and has performed in and co-created a number of its productions, including for the 2008 World Expo in Spain. He has worked with many theatre companies in Perth and around the country, including Black Swan STC, Queensland Theatre Company, Griffin Theatre, Yirra Yaakin and Performing Lines with TASPerforms. Maitland continues to work with artists from various backgrounds such as dance, multimedia and music. He is also a member of Wadumbah Noongar Dance Group.

Dr Clint Bracknell – Music Dramaturg
Dr Clint Bracknell is a Noongar musician, composer and ethnomusicologist. His award-winning PhD research focused on the aesthetics and sustainability of Noongar song and his ARC funded research investigates the use of song in language revitalisation. Clint was nominated for Best Original Score in 2012 Helpmann Awards. His recent theatre composition and sound design credits include Water (2019), Skylab (2018) and The Caucasian Chalk Circle (2016) for Black Swan STC, King Hit (Yirra Yaakin, 2014) and Shaun Tan’s The Red Tree (Barking Gecko Theatre, 2012). His music is also featured on international advertising campaigns, television programs and the feature film H Is For Happiness (2019).

Dr Chris Owen – Research Consultant
Dr Chris Owen is a historian and Honorary Research Fellow in the School of History at the University of Western Australia. He has been researching Aboriginal history for over 20 years and his published articles have earned him research and archive awards. His first book, 'It’s still in my heart, this is my country': the Single Noongar Claim History, co-written with John Host, won the 2010 Australian Human Rights Award for Nonfiction and the Margaret Medcalf Award. His second book Every Mother’s Son is Guilty was published in 2016. His research interests, utilising primarily archival state records, include colonial policing (specifically the Kimberley), Aboriginal policy and governmental administration and the social conditions at the frontiers of colonisation in Western Australia.

Della Rae Morrison – Community Liaison
Della Rae Morrison is a Bibbulmun woman of the Noongar Nation of the South West of Western Australia. Della has been in the arts professionally for 30 years, beginning her career in Jimmy Chi's musical Bran Nue Dae in 1989. She played Mrs Egg in the Channel 9 TV series Lockie Leonard, is a WAMI award-winning songwriter and WA NAIDOC Artist of the year, and she has performed in theatre productions across WA and nationally.

As co-founder of Madjitil Moorna in 2006, Della has had a huge influence on the inclusive culture of the choir as well as the songs they sing, including her originals. She is much loved and appreciated for her gentle wisdom – by singers and audiences alike.

Kirby Brierty – Production Manager
Kirby Brierty has been working as a professional in the arts industry for the past ten years after graduating from WAAPA and then the WA Screen Academy. Kirby has worked in various production and event management roles across theatre, film, broadcast and events industries. Kirby has been in the role of Production Manager at Perth Theatre Company, Griffin Theatre Company and Bell Shakespeare managing their productions, tours and events both nationally and internationally.

Mitchell Thomas – Stage Manager
Mitchell Thomas started his career as a Stage Management graduate from the WA Academy of Performing Arts and worked locally and internationally as a stage manager and mechanist on a variety of productions, before landing in regular venue roles at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia (assistant technical manager and manager venue operations) and currently The Blue Room Theatre (operations manager). After the whirlwind that was 2020, Mitch is very excited to have the opportunity to get back into the stage management seat and be able to work with Performing Lines WA for the first time.

Samuel Yombich Pilot-Kickett – Assistant Stage Manager 
Samuel Yombich Pilot-Kickett is a Whadjuk/Baladong man, a performer and spray paint artist with several pieces exhibited in Norway and Spain. Samuel studied acting at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts where he graduated in 2003. Since then he has featured in a number of government adverts and community campaigns, films and shows that have used or incorporated Aboriginal Culture. More recently, Samuel was a dancer/Didjeridoo player for the ANZAC Day Memorial in 2018 and performed at the Fremantle Welcome to Country in 2019. For Perth Festival, Samuel played Didjeridoo/Yidaki for The Giants in 2015.

Time & Location

Fri 19 Feb – Sat 13 Mar

19 – 28 Feb 6pm | 4 – 13 Mar 5.45pm

Lake Monger Reserve, Corner of Britannia Road and Federation Street, Mount Hawthorn


100 min | Allow an additional 20mins to walk back to your car

    • Adult: $39
    • Concession: $37
    • Friend: $35
    • Student: $25

Eligible for package discount

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  • This is a walking performance. Patrons will be required to walk 3.5km in total.

Performed in English and Noongar

Latecomers will not be admitted. 

Contains smoke effects and open flames.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island audience members are advised that this production references and contains stories of people who have passed away.


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  • Daniel Grant


  • Co-produced by Same Drum and Performing Lines WA
  • Originally commissioned by International Art Space as a part of the Know Thy Neighbour #2 program, the remount of the work has been supported by Lotterywest.
  • Special Thanks to Walter Eatts, Katie Stubley and Josh Hogan

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