Yirra Yaakin – behind the scenes of Kaarla Kaatijin

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Yirra Yaakin present a season of Kaarla Kaatijin during the 2013 April school holidays: 22 April – 3 May 2013 at the Western Australian Museum – Perth.

This video takes you behind-the-scenes of the production and a chance to meet the actors and producers who made this show possible.


Kyle Morrison: Well this the second time that we're actually doing this story. The first time was the first play written and professionally produced by Zac James and first time that we had this ensemble together. So we thought that what we achieved with the show was a good level of storytelling, but we really wanted to do was really invest in more of the characters and more of the songs and more about the storytellers themselves actually becoming those characters and singing the songs in telling the story

Ian Wilkes: I suppose what attracted me to the story was all the characters I love the characters, and going back to my memories of my dad telling me the story it was funny, it was out there, and it was really really adventurous and a lot of the characters and stuff with the birds and the 'yongah' and the Kangaroo yeah, I like the characters

Amy Smith: We create, the big fluffy feathers
Ian Wilkes: Chunky neck
Amy Smith: and a big mouth, and he's always laughing, Hahahah!

Joe Lui: The music for the piece actually evolves stylistically as the piece evolves so it follows the characters journey throughout the piece it starts off pretty haunting and ethereal as we're in a a cold world, but when fire finally comes down to Earth, and to the animals we break into an almost folksy sort of feel with the music

Kyle Morrison: We're did you want to get then? And that was... and was that half way through that verse? is that where you want to get to?

Bec Garlett: Was lucky enough to have training, thanks to Woodside and Yirra Yaakin for the next set program to have Sue Fenty come in who's been a stage manager for the last 35 years at least, so she's come in and mentored me for a week and she's gave me as much training as possible but also she's willing to give me some give me her contacts and stuff so I can ask for questions whenever I need to.

Amy Smith: Come one now, we need one that's fun!
Ian Wilkes: What about the story about how the turtle got its shell?
Amy Smith: Yeah!
Bec Gartlett: But I always feel sorry for the turtle

Kyle Morrison: Well I always have been interested in Aboriginal creation stories, especially Nyoongar Dreaming Stories and I really wanted to look at the story of fire how we came to have fire as Nyoongar people, and when I was first told the story by Ian Wilkes I really got a good sense how the important the story is and how important it is to tell new generations today.