Junior Sonneteers Program

x1 week long intensive creative development during term 3 school holidays + various performance opportunities TBC


Year Level: 9 – 12

Venue: Subiaco Arts Centre

Dates: x1 week long intensive creative development during term 3 school holidays + various performance opportunities TBC

Duration: 3 x 1 hour sessions

Cost: Free

About the Program

About the Program

Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company is focused on engaging young performers and creatives, and assisting them to grow and develop. Yirra Yaakin’s Artistic Director, Kyle J Morrison started his journey as a 16 year old, with a traineeship through Yirra Yaakin, so the company understands and values the importance of investing in our young people.

In 2018 (subject to funding) Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company will expand upon the current Sonnets in Noongar Workshop program by inviting students (via an audition process) to become a part of the Junior Sonneteers. This will see students engage in a series of workshops, rehearsals and performance opportunities spanning a 2 month period, where they will expand on performance skills in a professional company setting whilst engaging with Noongar culture and language.

During the 2 month program the Junior Sonneteers will participate in a week long intensive creative development (held in the 2nd week of the October school holidays) with Yirra Yaakin’s Artistic Director, Kyle J Morrison and other company artists resulting in a performance. The intention is then for the Junior Sonneteers to continue their training with weekly Saturday workshops leading to the possibility of additional performances and a place as a company artist in 2019.

For nomination criteria and an overview of the program schedule please click here.

If you would like to nominate students to be a part of this program please complete the attached nomination form and email Jess Gatt at education@yirrayaakin.com.au.

Nominations close Friday, August 9 2018.

The Junior Sonneteers program is not only about developing capacity and embedding youth into the future of Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company but is also about actively promoting the sustainability of one of the oldest languages in the world whilst promoting cultural awareness and reconciliation, along with a greater sense of connection and understanding of the local Aboriginal community.

* The Junior Sonneteers Program is subject to funding

We are delighted to have received initial support from the Noongar Charitable Trust to enable us to offer a the Junior Sonneteers Program for the first time to Noongar students. We are very excited about this support. In addition, we are continuing to seek further funding to realise the vision of Yirra Yaakin’s Artistic Director, Kyle J Morrison to have Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students experiencing and learning Noongar language and culture through the Junior Sonneteers Program.

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