WIYALIKAN: ONE WHO SPEAKS // PRESENTED BY THE LOCK-UP AND NGARRAMA PRODUCTIONS

1.30PM - 2.30PM and 6PM - 7PM WEDNESDAY 27 JUNE & 6PM - 7PM THURSDAY 28 JUNE 2018 -

An intimate theatre production, retelling stories from the Aboriginal communities of Newcastle and the Hunter.

WIYALIKAN: ONE WHO SPEAKS

1.30 - 2.30PM WEDNESDAY 27 JUNE 2018

6-7PM WEDNESDAY 27 JUNE 2018

6-7PM THURSDAY 28 JUNE 2018

The Lock-Up and Ngarrama Productions present WIYALIKAN: ONE WHO SPEAKS, an intimate theatre production, retelling stories from the Aboriginal communities of Newcastle and the Hunter.  

Drawing on verbatim interviews and words from a range of significant present and past Elders and leaders, WIYALIKAN tells stories of community,  culture, struggle, protest, organising, laughter and survival.  

Personal, political and cultural; this special performance is delivered by two young Aboriginal performers, Pamalyn Hyde and Ray Kelly Jr. 

Starting with a warm cup of soup on arrival, audiences listen and watch as a conversation unfolds between the performers with stories shared, words of wisdom delivered and histories retold.  

“What we learn out of text books is not the same as we get from our mother or father, our community. All of us, black and white, need to think about that.” - Auntie Bev Manton 

WIYALIKAN is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Hunter Red: Seeing Red  at The Lock-Up and is part of the Hunter Cultural Collective project Hunter Red with partners Lake Macquarie City Art GalleryMaitland Regional Art GalleryNewcastle Art Gallery and The Lock-Up.


ABOUT NGARRAMA PRODUCTIONS

Ngarrama Productions is a Newcastle based theatre and cultural producer with experience in live performance, music production, and government film and video production, and a commitment to working creatively with a diverse range of cultural organisations and agencies in producing innovative performances for young and old.   

The two prime creative producers for Ngarrama Productions have, between them, over 50 years experience in the industry. Rod Smith is an Aboriginal actor, composer, director, cultural dancer and producer who has worked with a range of theatre companies throughout Australia, including Sydney Theatre Company, SA State Theatre Company, Queensland Theatre Company and Bell Shakespeare among others, as well as various TV appearances. 

Brian Joyce is a writer, director, producer who has won numerous awards, run theatre companies, developed work for a number of government agencies and is known for his creative and innovative solutions to performance projects. He has also taught Creative and Performing Arts at University of Newcastle and continues his innovative research into applied performance.     

IMAGE: WIYALIKAN performers Pamalyn Hyde and Ray Kelly Jr. Photography by Jessi England.