From Australia's first full-time and on-going indigenous theatre company come these texts that explore such potent themes as self-determination, reconciliation and the environment. With a Foreword by Jackie Huggins, a well-known and respected indigenous academic and activist, and an Introduction by Wesley Enoch, the founding Artistic Director of Kooemba Jdarra, this volume will not only entertain, inform and educate, it will also prove an invaluable resource in the years to come. Playlab Press is proud to continue our association with Kooemba Jdarra, which began with the publication of The 7 Stages of Grieving by Wesley Enoch and Deborah Mailman.

Yarnin' Up
by Anthony Newcastle

When Evey is forced to relocate her life from an Indigenous community in St George to Brisbane city, she finds herself caught between two cultures.

Jo, a neighbouring Indigenous musician is a constant reminder of the culture they once shared, while Ken, her white landlord, is well meaning but unknowingly racist. When Indigenous Affairs worker Malcolm moves into the building, he persuades Evey to buy into the white man’s world. But will his plan come undone?

“Yarnin’ Up was one of the most subtle and original pieces of theatre I have ever had the pleasure to view, and should be compulsory viewing for all Australians.” - M/C Reviews

Goin' to the Island
by Therese Collie

Thomas Jenkis was born on the Island. In and out of jail for petty crime, he eventually finds himself on the streets of the mainland. Seven years later, he returns to the Island to celebrate his 21st birthday, reacquainting himself with the people from his past. Goin’ to the Island is a contemporary tale that mixes modern life with traditional stories, new songs and old.

“It’s just that I love everybody on this island. Not just immediate family. This island is my home! These are my people!”

Binni's Backyard
by Therese Collie

Join Binni as she discovers the wonderment of her own backyard. Forced to play outside by her dad, Binni is not happy to be missing her favorite television shows. But as she meets the animals and wildlife living outside, Binni quickly changes her mind!

“I’M GOING! ALRIGHT? Meanie! I’ll show him! I’m going to stay in the backyard forever and ever and ever and ever!”

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