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Yanagai! Yanagai!

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Title: Yanagai! Yanagai!
Author: James, Andrea
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Yanagai! Yanagai!
Andrea James

Munarra is a black woman, thrown from the skies into the Dreaming so that she may heal her land, the mighty river Dhungula and her people. In the present day, the Yorta Yorta people are in court, fighting for a right to their land. Yanagai! Yanagai! is a war cry, the first recorded Yorta Yorta words spoken to the white men who went onto their land uninvited.

Since its premiere in Melbourne in 2003, Yanagai! Yanagai! has been performed in France, the United Kingdom, the United States and the Philippines. Now in a revised edition, Andrea James’ Yanagai! Yanagai! is a celebration of Yorta Yorta stories and song.

Some of the stories are told so that they may be remembered; others are told in the hope that they never occur again.

Cast : 5F, 7M, doubling possible + chorus


Andrea James, a graduate of La Trobe University and the Victorian College of the Arts. She co-directed Crowfire for Playbox's Blak Inside season, and Magpie for Melbourne Workers Theatre. She recognises theatre as a place where oppressed people and classes can find unity, strength, power, expression and language. Theatre is about the only place in today's society where she can hear and speak the language of her father's people—the Yorta Yorta. James is of Aboriginal and Polish descent.


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We are in a mythical landscape on the banks of a mighty river. The Yorta Yorta know him as Dhungula'. The white fellas call it The Murray'. A clan of storytellers has gathered to invoke the beautiful place they once knew; to sing it into being. Some are stories of remembering, others are told so that they may never happen again. Children and elders, spirits and ghosts, dingoes and min-min lights are threaded together in these tales of colonial law, a people and their land. The land rights struggle of the Yorta Yorta people continues today.

Publisher: Currency Press Pty Ltd
Publication date: 10/03/2016
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781925005776
Publishing status: Active (web)
Yanagai! Yanagai!