Clint Bracknell (Composer), Kylie Bracknell (Director)

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In a world where the Noongar language is spoken by all, a yarn about a Scottish king is retold. Join us for Australia’s first large-scale Shakespeare production entirely in Noongar.

Hecate, queen of the witches, is usually omitted from productions of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Most directors are unsure of what to do with her. Here, she is at the heart of everything watching as Macbeth strives toward power at any cost, all the while knowing that order must be restored; that Country always trumps human ambition and greed.

In 1833 colonist Robert Menli Lyon wrote in reference to Noongar people that ‘the whole of each tribe are bards’. This world premiere event puts those words to the test. Having spent years studying and reclaiming their endangered Noongar language, a star ensemble use this audacious adaptation as a springboard to showcase its poetic and expressive qualities.


Adapted and directed by Kylie Bracknell [Kaarljilba Kaardn]

Translated by Kylie Bracknell [Kaarljilba Kaardn] & Dr Clint Bracknell

Presented by Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company in association with Bell Shakespeare.

A Perth Festival commission.

Original languageNoongar
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherYirra Yaakin Theatre Company
Publication statusPublished - 5 Feb 2020
Externally publishedYes
EventPerth Festival: Hecate - Subiaco Arts Centre, Main Auditorium, Perth, Australia
Duration: 5 Feb 202016 Feb 2020

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