By David Milroy
Presented by Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company
Saddle up for the next big Black musical. Set in a small town in the northwest of Western Australia in the 1960s, Panawathi Girl overflows with wild joy as hippies and cowboys, politicians and protesters fuel an all-singing, all-dancing night of entertainment.
Written by David Milroy, the much loved playwright behind Waltzing the Wilarra, and featuring an all-star cast of WA talent, this music-filled journey is brimming with heart and humour. Follow our heroine Molly Chubb from the big smoke back to the small country town of her birth as she searches for her place in the world.
Set amidst a time of great political change, this bold new production from Yirra Yaakin will have you questioning if much has changed at all, even as it has you tapping your toes and yearning for more.
Playwright & BandDavid MilroyDirectorEva Grace MullaleyMusical Director & BandWayne FreerAssistant DirectorAdam EdwardsChoreographerJanine OxenhamSet DesignerBruce McKinvenCostume DesignerLynn FergusonLighting DesignerLucy BirkinshawSound DesignerJeremy TurnerDramaturgSally RichardsonSenior Stage ManagerJennifer PohStage ManagerJack WilsonAssistant Stage ManagerOliver Hughes & Iya WareDresserQi Cao, Keira GentleCastGrace Chow, Peter Docker, Luke Hewitt, Chris Isaacs, Geoff Kelso, Angelica Lockyer, Nadia Martich, Lila McGuire, Gus Noakes, Teresa Rose, Maitland Schnaars, Manuao TeAotonga, Wimiya WoodleyBandRic Eastman, Adam Gare, Lucky Oceans
David Milroy – Playwright
David Milroy is one of Australia’s leading Aboriginal Playwrights, Dramaturges and Directors. His work has toured successfully across Australia and the World. David’s family links are with the Yindjibarndi and Palku people of the Pilbara.
He was a founding member of AbMusic and the first Artistic Director of Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company. Some of David’s writing credits include Waltzing the Wilarra, Windmill Baby and King Hit. His works Rodeo Moon and Crowbones and Carnivores were presented at WAAPA.
David's music has featured in films Blackfellas, Exile and the Kingdom. Some of the shows he provided the musical direction for include Waltzing the Wilarra, Aliwa, Solid, Windmill Baby, King Hit, Alice and Sally Morgan’s Cruel Wild.
David received two Equity Guild Awards in 2011 for his play Waltzing the Wilarra. In 2005, he won prestigious Patrick White Award and in 2002 he received a Sidney Myer Award.
Eva Grace Mullaley – Director
Eva is a Widi woman from the Yamatji Nation in the midwest region of Western Australia. She graduated from WAAPA (Aboriginal Theatre) in 2003 and began her directing career in 2005 as an assistant to David Milroy for the first creative development of Windmill Baby, produced by Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company.
In her 18+ year career Eva has worn many hats in the theatre industry including director, arts administrator, stage manager, tour manager, producer, actor, dramaturg, workshops coordinator and many more.
She has worked as a director and dramaturg for Moogahlin Performing Arts, Yellamundie Indigenous Playwrights Festival, Ilbijerri Theatre Company, Te Rēhia Theatre Company, WAAPA and Yirramboi Festival. Eva was also working as the development producer for the Australian Blackfulla Performing Arts Alliance (BPAA).
Eva is currently Artistic Director of Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company in Perth, Western Australia.
Janine Oxenham – Choregrapher
Janine is a Malgana Yamatji woman from the Shark Bay area in WA. She has studied dance at both NAISDA college, NSW and WAAPA, WA.
She has choreographed and performed as a freelance contemporary Indigenous dancer for numerous festivals. She has facilitated community dance groups and performed as part of the core crew for Gascoyne In May for the past nine years.
In 2020 Janine worked as Movement Director for the Yirra Yaakin's production of Hecate (Perth Festival 2020) and has worked on several other projects with Yirra Yaakin since, including The Solidarity Project Series, Ngalaka Daa and the Emerging Producer Program with Yirra Yaakin, Performing Lines and Circuitwest. In 2021 Janine performed in Yirra Yaakin’s production of The Sum of Us, presented in association with Perth Festival, and in Joshua Pether’s experimental movement work The Reckoning.
Wayne Freer – Musical Director & Performer
Wayne is a multi-instrumentalist, MD and composer active in Australia since the early 1980s.
In theatre he has worked with Belvoir Company B, State Theatre Company of South Australia, Melbourne Theatre Company, Queensland Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company, Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, Perth Festival, Darwin Festival, Sydney Festival, Force Majeure, Etcetera Theatre Company, Magpie Theatre in Education, NIDA, WAAPA, Club Swizzle, Snuff Puppets, Back to Back Theatre and Circus Monoxide.
In music he has worked with John Rodgers, Jackie Orszaczky, David Milroy, Alan John, Lucky Oceans, Dave Hole, Dave Mason, Mia Dyson, Dave Brewer, Paul Kelly, Tim Finn, David Lane, Robyn Archer, Greg Sheehan, Matt Taylor, Ricky May and many others.
Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company
Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company creates, presents and celebrates First Nations’ theatre, performance and stories.
With a strong annual program of contemporary First Nations’ performance, collaborating, commissioning and developing new Aboriginal writing and a dedication to educational inclusion, workshops and First Nations’ employment Yirra Yaakin continues to mentor and develop the next generation of Aboriginal artists and arts workers. The company contributes to cultural leadership and directly adds to the diversity within the Australian performing arts sector.
Yirra Yaakin firmly believes that First Nations’ theatre plays a major role in promoting cultural resilience and the empowerment of Australia’s First Peoples. Through telling authentic First Nations’ stories, the company continues to be at the centre of artistic excellence and is held in the highest regard by the communities it works with and for.
As an Aboriginal-led organisation, Yirra Yaakin’s cultural leadership provides an authentic model within the performing arts sector and to the wider community. With a stable and experienced executive and board, who implement best practice governance and oversight of the company’s operations, the company has the experience and skillsets to enable it to achieve its goals.
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|Time & Location||
8 – 13 Feb
Tue 8 – Thu 10 Feb 7.30pm | Fri 11 Feb 11.30am & 7.30pm | Sat 12 Feb 2pm & 7.30pm | Sun 13 Feb, 6pm His Majesty's Theatre, 827-905 Hay Street, Perth / Karboordup
Eligible for package discount
8 & 9 Feb are preview performances.
Contains coarse language, stylised violence, race and gender issues, sexual references, simulated drug use, smoking and haze effects.
Recommended for ages 15+
Preview Performances: Tue 8 & Wed 9 Feb
Post Show Q&A Sat 12 Feb
Stay in your seats after the 2pm performance to hear from creators and artists in a Q&A session.
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