By Dallas Winmar
Director Wesley Enoch

  • Venue Upstairs Theatre
  • Dates 17 Sep – 26 Oct 2008

    Wesley Enoch staged a reading of part of Dallas Winmar’s new play a few years ago. We only got the first half hour, on a bare stage, but at the end we were uniformly bowled over. As the applause erupted, Stephen Sewell cried out from up the back, “But what happened next?”

    Noongar writer Dallas Winmar has a knack for spinning a yarn. Her tough, natural sense of humour and compassion rang out clear in Aliwa! at Belvoir St in 2001, and they’re special ingredients once again in Yibiyung.

    Yibiyung was Dallas’ grandmother and this is her growing-up story. She was one of hundreds of girls swept up in the forced removals of the 1920s and trained to become model domestic servants. But it’s Yibiyung’s break from this regime and her extraordinary flight across Western Australia which gives her story its rolling, expansive rhythm of survival.

    Yibiyung is about finding a way out of centuries-old cycles of anger and despair. As the Army moves into the Northern Territory and Australia lurches into its next phase of paternalism, Yibiyung is a song of hope and change, a celebration of fronting up and finding place and family.


    By Dallas Winmar
    Dramaturg Louise Gough
    Director Wesley Enoch
    Set Designer Jacob Nash
    Costume Designer Bruce McKinven
    Lighting Designer Niklas Pajanti
    Composer & Sound Designer Steve Francis
    Assistant Sound Designer Michael Toisuta
    Language & Cultural Consultant Roma Winmar
    Assistant Director Kyle Morrison


    Jada Alberts
    Jim Bani
    Sibylla Budd
    Annie Byron
    Russell Dykstra
    Roxanne McDonald
    David Page
    Melodie Reynolds
    Miranda Tapsell

    Production images by Heidrun Lohr


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