Western Suburbs Weekly - - Steppingout Seen - Sista Girl Au­gust 9-19 Su­bi­aco Arts Cen­tre tick­

YIRRA Yaakin (Stand Tall in Noon­gar lan­guage) is renowned for its long his­tory of shar­ing Abo­rig­i­nal sto­ries.

Now, for the first time, the Su­bi­aco theatre com­pany show­cases a new cul­tural per­spec­tive with an Ital­ian-aus­tralian voice in­ter­wo­ven in the script.

Sista Girl fol­lows a first na­tions woman and an Ital­ian-aus­tralian woman who meet for the first time across the bed of a dy­ing man: their fa­ther.

Bonded by blood and grief, the sis­ters break the si­lence of the hos­pi­tal room to start a dif­fi­cult con­ver­sa­tion.

Will they be able to con­nect with such vastly dif­fer­ent back­grounds?

“I’ve told so many sto­ries as theatre di­rec­tor that cover Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture and the op­por­tu­nity to share Ital­ian-aus­tralian cul­ture is such a priv­i­lege and I re­ally think our au­di­ence will get a sense of the con­nec­tion be­tween our mi­nor­ity groups in Aus­tralia,” di­rec­tor Kyle Mor­ri­son said.

“We’ve got a Greek-aus­tralian fe­male writer (Elena Cara­petis) and an Abo­rig­i­nal-aus­tralian fe­male writer (Alexis West): th­ese are mi­nori­ties within mi­nori­ties talk­ing about the strength of their own iden­ti­ties.

“The con­ver­sa­tion be­tween th­ese two artists as played out by the char­ac­ters on stage is a con­ver­sa­tion that I think should be had more in Aus­tralia: it’s not a con­ver­sa­tion about rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, or recog­ni­tion, it’s about two peo­ple hav­ing an un­der­stand­ing of each other from their own cul­tural per­spec­tive and that is more im­por­tant than any other over­ar­ch­ing idea of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion.”

Mor­ri­son, with the com­pany since 2009, said the pro­duc­tion was an im­por­tant work for all Aussies to watch, es­pe­cially men.

“Men should sit at the back of the room and just lis­ten,” he said.

“The fu­ture of the Aus­tralian nar­ra­tive should be writ­ten by women be­cause the nar­ra­tive of this coun­try has been writ­ten by priv­i­leged men who have got­ten it wrong and the truth of our hu­man ex­pe­ri­ence has lost the strength of fem­i­nin­ity be­cause it’s dom­i­nated by male ego.”

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