Noongar Shakespeare Project

Bell Shakespeare has proudly partnered with Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company supported by Wesfarmers Arts as they work on an educational cultural language program that includes the development and presentation of a full-length adaptation and translation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth in Noongar language.

Noongar Shakespeare Project

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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 sessions.

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. 

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