GPAC’s next 2016 Deakin University Theatre Season production pays tribute to Aboriginal women in our communities and their deep connections to the land and each other.
Six women of different ages and backgrounds leave the city and return to country, to come to terms with their present, their past and their connections to each other.
Their attempts are thwarted by arguments about beauty, boyfriends and identity. The women eventually discover that this isn’t any old camping trip and that their connection to country and each other runs deeper than they could ever have imagined.
True, poetic, sometimes crude and often humorous; Winyanboga Yurringa takes the intergenerational pulse of Aboriginal women today to expose the complexity and beauty of women’s business and our enduring connection to country.
Written and directed by Yorta Yorta/Kurnai woman Andrea James, Winyanboga Yurringa was inspired by Hyllus Maris and Sonia Borg’s iconic 1980s television mini-series Women of the Sun.
James was commissioned to write a new ‘episode’ for stage that captured the experience of the contemporary ‘women of the sun’. Living in Melbourne at the time, she began interviewing her circle of female friends and travelling to her homelands in Yorta Yorta country to talk to women there.
The stage adaptation didn’t eventuate, but James developed her episode into a stand-alone full-length play, Winyanboga Yurringa. The production was also inspired by the provocative imagery of celebrated Wathaurong artist Bindi Cole, whose video portraits feature prominently in the production’s design. The Winyanboga Yurringa cast is: Matilda Brown, Kylie Coolwell, Alexis Lane, Angeline Penrith, Tessa Rose and Pam Young.
GPAC will host this production - a Victorian exclusive for Geelong - in August after a premiere season at Carriageworks in Sydney.