Noongar language is considered to be an endangered language, with less than 400 fluent speakers within the Noongar nation. The Noongar Shakespeare Project is a long term creative endeavour which aims to have a direct and immediate impact to grow the number of people with an understanding of Noongar language and culture.
Bell Shakespeare believe that Shakespeare and other great works are not stuck in the past. They are the lens through which we can explore and question the present and imagine our future.
Since 2017 Bell Shakespeare has been working with Yirra Yaakin on the
creative development of this project in what will become Australia’s
first full-scale Indigenous interpretation of a major Shakespearean work
for the stage. In March 2019, Associate Director of Bell Shakespeare
James Evans, visited Yirra Yaakin for further creative development
To mark National Reconciliation Week we were treated to an update on the Noongar Shakespeare Project. This extraordinary collaboration will see an adaptation of Macbeth, performed in the endangered Noongar language, premiere in 2020.