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Irma Woods teaches children to respect and protect the habitats and young of the little silver Djildjit (fish) swimming in the oceans.
Irma Woods teaches children to respect and protect the habitats and young of the little silver Djildjit (fish) swimming in the oceans.
YirraYaakin's stage designers have incorporated vivid colours and beautiful textiles to help enliven the telling of 'Woggal the carpet snake',`the Mulloway and the little fish', and other stories presented with permission from the traditional custodians.The theatre group, formed in 1993, has performed to over 20,000 young students and teachers in the past three years, and is Western Australia's only indigenous performing arts company.The name YirraYaakin means "stand tall".

The scope of productions from YirraYaakin ranges from world class theatre company to hands-on community development.

Included in this company's annual program are projects as far ranging and diverse as youth arts residencies in the Pilbara, dance workshops in Kwinana, performances at National Festivals along with world premieres of plays by leading Aboriginal writers.

YirraYaakin has also been involved with mediation programs in partnership with the Education Department, a music recording program and the formation of Australia's first Aboriginal Choir.

The theatre group is sponsored by Healthway WA to promote the message "Respect yourself — respect your culture."

YirraYaakin's newest production entitled 'Alice', is set to premiere at the Perth International Arts Festival in February 2001.