1930’s Western Australia, down the Margaret River the Davis family stays together while the Australian Government through the Protector of Aborigines tries to split the family up and remove the children for their own good.

Held together by Mum Davis’ fierce love, the women of the Davis family develop a unique strength as they move from town to town battling ignorance, prejudice, patronising interference and plain stupidity.

Noongar writer Dallas Winmar was entrusted with the stories of the Davis sisters and unearthed the wit, tenacity and strength of love, which had made the Davises one of Australia’s most significant and influential families.

Aliwa Wadjella! Watch out! There’s a whitefella about!

Aliwa was produced in collaboration with Yirra Yaakin Noongar Theatre in Western Australia


Kylie Belling
Auntie Dot Collard
Ningali Lawford
Deborah Mailman


By Dallas Winmar
Director Neil Armfield
Set Designer Robert Cousins
Costume Designer Jodie Fried
Lighting Designer Mark Howett
Sound Designer Wei Han Liao
Composer Wayne Freer
Assistant Lighting Designer Ryan Narkle
Musicians Frankie J Bropho & Wayne Freer

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Production images by Heidrun Lohr