The Sum of Us

Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company

The Sum of Us Thu 25 Feb – Sun 7 Mar Subiaco Arts Centre Thu 25 Feb – Sun 7 Mar Subiaco Arts Centre $20 - $59
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Thu 25 Feb – Sun 7 Mar at Subiaco Arts Centre, from $20 - $59

See an exciting revisioning of the much-loved story from the Off-Broadway hit and award-winning film The Sum of Us with an all First Nations cast.

How’s a guy supposed to find Mr. Right when his father's always up in his business? That’s the premise of this warm comedy that revolves around the comfortable relationship between widower Harry and his son Jeff. A beautiful tale of a strong family bond, ageing, queerness and the dance we all do when searching for love, this is Yirra Yaakin’s first queer work. Performed by an Australian First Nations cast, it's a story that no culture is exempt from. Balancing humour and pathos, The Sum of Us remains as relevant today as it was 30 years ago.

David Stevens
Eva Grace Mullaley
Assistant Director
Cezera Critti-Schnaars
Elinor King
Production Manager
Mike Nanning
Stage Manager
Jenny Poh
Assistant Stage Managers
Helah Milroy & Jack Wilson
Set & Costume Designer
Bryan Woltjen
Assistant Set & Costume Designer
Jamie Fodor
Lighting Designer
Peter Young
Sound Designer & Composer
Joe Paradise Lui
Assistant Sound Designer
Zac James
Movement Director
Claudia Alessi
Vocal Coach
Julia Moody
Mathew Cooper, Bruce Denny, Janine Oxenham & Joshua Pether



Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company
Yirra Yaakin [Yir-raarh Yaarh-kin] means ‘stand tall’ in Noongar. Based in the heart of the Noongar Nation – a distinct Aboriginal cultural group from the south-west of Western Australia – Yirra Yaakin is Australia’s biggest Aboriginal-led theatre company.

Established in 1993, the Year of Indigenous People, as Yirra Yaakin Noongar Theatre, the company started off with one successful funding application, three staff members and the desire to provide the Aboriginal community with an artistic outlet for positive self-determination. Since then, Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company has evolved into a respected cultural leader and artistic hub for Aboriginal people from all over WA, Australia, and around the world.

Yirra Yaakin produces award-winning, world-class theatre, sharing Aboriginal stories through exciting, entertaining, educational and authentic new works. The company has commissioned and premiered more than 50 new major festival presentations like Waltzing the Wilarra, One day in 67, Aliwah, Windmill Baby and Cruel Wild Woman. They have worked with and nurtured prestigious Aboriginal writers including David Milroy, Sally Morgan, Derek Nannup, Mitch Torres and Dallas Winmar, among many others. Yirra Yaakin stands tall and is proud to produce a body of work unrivalled in innovation, excellence and cultural significance.

Yirra Yaakin’s priority is to ensure Aboriginal theatre remains under Aboriginal control and provides opportunities for Aboriginal artists at all levels of theatre creation and production. The company’s education and community engagement programs support Indigenous trainees to be mentored, develop skills and work in the Australian theatre sector.

Yirra Yaakin presents Aboriginal stories to audiences across the globe. Their work has been recognised with awards for theatre, governance and their partnerships, including a prestigious Sidney Myer Award for their record of facilitating Indigenous artistic programs.

Time & Location

Thu 25 Feb – Sun 7 Mar

Wed - Fri 7.30pm | Sat 20 Feb 7.30pm | Sat 27 Feb 2pm & 7.30pm | Sun 6pm

Subiaco Arts Centre, 180 Hamersley Road, Subiaco / Wandaraguttagurru


2 hrs 30mins including interval

    • Adult: $59
    • Concession: $55
    • Friend: $52
    • Student: $20

Eligible for package discount

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  • Auslan interpreted performance Wed 4 Mar 7.30pm
  • Audio described performance Thu 4 Mar 7.30pm
  • Tactile tour available before the show on Thu 4 Mar 7.30pm

Show features simulated drug use, sexual content and coarse language.

Recommended for ages 15+


Post show Q&A

Wed 3 Mar

Stay in your seats after the performance to hear from creators and artists in a Q&A session.


Discover more about the show and its creation in the event program. Download it here. 


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