Yellamundie National First Peoples Playwriting Festival
Moogahlin Performing Arts | Australia
24–26 January Carriageworks $15–$79.50 + BF
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  • Thu 24 January at 6.30pm (Opening Ceremony, Launch & Smoking. Play Readings Park Days & Swim)
    Fri 25 January at 11am (Raising The Titanics)
    Fri 25 January at 2pm (Talk 1: Meet the Playwrights)
    Fri 25 January at 6.30pm (Eddie)
    Fri 25 January at 7.45pm (FIFO - Fit In or F*** Off)
    Sat 26 January at 2pm (This Is How We Got Here)
    Sat 26 January at 6.30pm (At What Cost)
    Sat 26 January at 7.45pm (Dhinawan Burraalga Yaraay)
  • Season pass (all sessions) $79.50
    General admission $15
    + booking fee

Yellamundie National First Peoples Playwriting Festival
Moogahlin Performing Arts | Australia

A showcase for new and distinct voices in Australian theatre,Yellamundie Festival is a biennial celebration of national and international First Peoples' playwriting.

Presented since 2013 by Moogahlin Performing Arts and Carriageworks – and taking its name from the Darug word for storyteller – Yellamundie National First Peoples Playwriting Festival provides a platform for emerging and established playwrights from all over Australia.

Carriageworks becomes a thriving artistic and cultural meeting place with industry forums, networking opportunities for artists, and readings of new national and international plays. Take the opportunity to be part of the discovery and championing of First Peoples playwrights.

Purchase as part of a season package or each play separately at the links below. 

Thu 24 January at 7pm: Play Readings 1 & 2

Park Days
 by Jordy Gregg (Murray)

Jeffery isn’t a young kid anymore, and between getting dirt on his knees and learning about the outside world, he encounters some unlikely friends who change his life forever. Without the law or parents to get in the way, who knows what will happen.

by Ellen van Neervan (Yugambeh)

E is 70 percent water and 30 percent confused. Freestyle, butterfly,breaststroke, blakstroke… Swim is a performance poem on Australian swimming, the sovereignty of water and the strength of culture and family in keeping us safe, told by a young queer Murri ready to hit the fast lane at the local pool.

Fri 25 January at 11am: International Play Reading 1

Raising the Titanics by Albert Belz
Te Rehia Theatre, Auckland, Aotearoa, NZ
Raising the Titanics journeys back from the present to the golden age of the Maori show band era and follows one woman’s investigation into what really sunk the Titanics, who were perhaps the greatest Maori show band never to have existed. Somewhere beneath the oceans of music, mirth and memory lies the truth.

Fri 25 January at 2pm: Talk 1: Meet the Playwrights

Fri 25 January at 6.30pm: Play Readings 3 & 4

Eddie by Sonny Dallas Law (Wakka Wakka)
A coming of age story about an Aboriginal man as he struggles to find his purpose and identity in everyday life as his spirit guide, the charismatic Eddie, mentors him and introduces him to a world of experiences and adventures.

FIFO - Fit In or F*** Off by Melody Dia (Nyul Nyul, Kija, Jaru)
Jono is locked in a Fly In Fly Out (FIFO) gridlock; Mary is wrapped up in a high flying FIFO wife’s lifestyle; her sister Janey is locked in her house, sliding into delusion awaiting her FIFO husband’s return. Something’s gotta give! Will it take a tragedy to stop the slide?

Sat 26 January at 2pm: International Play Reading 2

This Is How We Got Here by Keith Barker 
Native Earth Performing Arts, Toronto, Turtle Island, Canada
This Is How We Got Here follows a close-knit family as they deal with an unexpected loss. A mother, father, aunt, and uncle must learn how to move forward after the trauma and re-learn how to interact with one another with forgiveness, humour, and love.

Sat 26 January at 6.30pm: Play Reading 5 & 6

At What Cost by Nathan Maynard (trawlwooway,palawa)
Sam, a palawa man, is conflicted between looking after his young family and fighting for the rights of his people and country. Sam is becoming increasingly frustrated at the “new palawas” who seem to be getting more of a voice than grass roots palawa in the media and government.

Dhinawan Burraalga Yaraay by Donna McLaren (Gamilaraay)
Dhinawan (Emu) and Burraalga (Brolga) are best friends and mothers, who lose their valued friendship over jealousy and revenge. The breakdown of their friendship has tragic consequences for themselves and their community, and eventually requires intervention by the highest authority: Bubaabidi, TheCreator himself.

Plus works from Native Earth Performing Arts (Canada) and Te Rehia Theatre (Atearoa).

Cast and Credits
Co-presented with Carriageworks.

Louise Corpus in A Little Piece of Ash by Megan Wilding, Yellamundie Festival 2017.
Image: James Photo
24–26 January
$15–$79.50 + BF
“Joyous, comic and grim”
Maryrose Casey, The Conversation

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