WALTZING THE WILARRA was commissioned by Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company and received it's World Premiere on 5 February 2011, at Subiaco Arts Centre as part of the Perth International Arts Festival 2011.
Cast: Jessica Clarke, Ernie Dingo, Trevor Jamieson, Alexandra Jones, Kelton Pell, Tim Solly, Irma Woods and Ursula Yovich.
Band: Ric Eastman, Wayne Freer, David Milroy, Lucky Oceans and Bob Patient.
Producer/Presenter: Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company
WRITER/COMPOSER: David Milroy
DIRECTOR: Wesley Enoch
MUSICAL DIRECTOR: Wayne Freer
SET DESIGN: Jacob Nash
COSTUME DESIGN: Isaac Lummis
LIGHTING DESIGN: Trent Suidgeest
SOUND DESIGN: Kingsley Reeve
CHOREOGRAPHER: Claudia Alessi
DRAMATURG: Sally Richardson
Join Charlie, Elsa and Fay, as they take you on a journey in music, song and dance back to 1940's post-war Perth. Against a backdrop of curfews, and the fear of arrest for consorting, White and Black manage to form their own club. Here for a night they can experience rare happy times singing, dancing and with a little luck...find romance!
Forty years on, as the club faces demolition, and our three characters stage a reunion almost as a protest. The trio reflects upon loves lost and found, as dark secrets are revealed, and we discover that reconciliation is more than saying sorry.
In a post-'sorry' world finding another level of forgiveness is at the heart and soul of WALTZING THE WILARRA*.
WALTZING THE WILARRA is an original theatre work written and composed by multi-award winning playwright David Milroy (Windmill Baby), and directed by Wesley Enoch (The Sapphires); a teaming of one of Australia's most talented and exciting Indigenous directors with one of its most recognised writers.
This Australian production features an outstanding national cast of thirteen performers. Actors, singers, and musicians, including Ernie Dingo, Kelton Pell, Trevor Jamieson, and Ursula Yovich work alongside some of Australia's finest performers and musicians; Ric Eastman, Wayne Freer, David Milroy, Lucky Oceans and Bob Patient.
WALTZING THE WILARRA is a truly unforgettable night in the theatre.
*Wilarra means full moon.