Star Down Under


Schools are invited to join IF Foundation Peer Actorvists as they deliver theatrical presentations which directly address social issues which are honest, real, and relevant to students.  Developed BY teens and tweens FOR teens and tweens, each performance includes IN-CHARACTER facilitated discussions in which students speak directly to the characters to ask questions to understand the characters’ situation, gain knowledge, offer their own ideas and solution, and be advised of resources available within the City of Karratha.
This project is a collaboration with IF Foundation, STAR Theatre for Social Change NYC, and Headspace Pilbara. Sessions are available for up to 30 participants and are appropriate for students in Year 5 through 12. Sessions can be catered to the age and needs of your students. Available topics include Bullying, Mental Health, Crushes, Consent, School Pressures, and LGBTQIA+. Excursion booking requests will be on a first come first serve basis. 
This project is a collaboration with IF Foundation, STAR Theatre for Social Change NYC and Headspace Pilbara.
Venue: Red Earth Arts Precinct  
When: Thursday 17 & Friday 18 March 2022
Times: 9:30am | 11:30am | 12:30pm
Duration: 75 minutes
Ages: School ages
Cost: FREE


Jali: noun: a historian, storyteller, praise singer, poet, or musician.
Oliver Twist: a charismatic comedian and performer refusing to be defined by his turbulent past.
In this one-person show that is as delicately told as it is captivating, Oliver uses his exceptional storytelling abilities to reflect on his time as a refugee and to unpack what his life looks like now.
After fleeing the Rwandan civil war at the age of four, Oliver spent his childhood in Malawi, first in a refugee camp, and later in the city where his mother and father started a small convenience store. After acceptance into the Australian government’s refugee intake, the family arrived in Ipswich in 2014 to begin a new life.
Using personal anecdotes, drama and humour as a powerful antidote to trauma JALI is a vibrant and emotional journey that patiently proves there is light at the end of the tunnel.
This performance is subject to a strict lockout, latecomers will not be admitted.
Presented by Perth Festival and City of Karratha. Perth Festival’s Touring WA program is made possible through the support of Minderoo Foundation.

Venue: Red Earth Arts Precinct  
When: Thursday 17 March 2022
Times: 6:30pm
Duration: 60 minutes
Ages: 15+ 
Cost: Adults $20 | Child $17 | Concession $17 | FOTT $20 | Family $60 | Group 10+ $17 ea 

Warnings: Parental guidance recommended, contains haze and smoke effects and references to violence.


Ngurra Nyujunggamu - When the World Went Soft 

Juluwarlu Group Aboriginal Corporation is currently creating a spectacular, large-scale outdoor performance that tells important creation stories from Yindjibarndi culture.  
As part of this broader project, community workshops have been held with local schools by Juluwarlu and spectacle puppetry artist Karen Hethey over the last few months. The outcomes of these puppet making, storytelling and performance workshops will be showcased as part of the Opening Night for REAF 2022.
This is an exciting prelude to Juluwarlu’s spectacular visual storytelling performance that will take place in a future City of Karratha event by members of the Yindjibarndi community from Roebourne. These creation stories will teach us important life lessons including the story of the Marrga, the powerful Creation Spirit, and lessons about looking after each other, about greed, and the consequences of breaking cultural laws.  These beautifully presented stories will be essential viewing for anyone who spends time in the Pilbara as the creation spirits have shaped and live in the waterways, the hills, rocks, plants, and the animals you see on Yindjibarndi Country today,  so keep your eye out for further announcements.  
Ngurra Nyujunggamu is being produced by Juluwarlu with support from the City of Karratha and Principal Partner Rio Tinto. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Festivals Australia program and has received support from the Australia Council for the Arts and the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.


Venue: Red Earth Arts Precinct Amphitheatre  
When: Thursday 17 March 2022
Times: 6:30pm
Ages: All ages 
Cost: FREE

Warnings: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander audiences are warned that there may be some elements that are culturally sensitive (including the depiction of creation spirits) which might not normally be used in certain public contexts. Some storytelling elements may scare very young children. Parental guidance is advised.

Stories to Stages


Over the course of 2019 the one-act play Lesson in the Art of Butterfly was written by award-winning and acclaimed WA playwright Hellie Turner. In 2020 when thrown into Covid lockdown Black Swan State Theatre Company produced the work for screen and performed the work online as part of a series of one-act plays called Unsung Heroes.
Join Hellie Turner for an intimate reading and Q&A about the story that made headline news around Australia, of a courageous doctor risking all to shine a light on the right to choose to die with dignity.

A ‘reading’ is a simple, raw and direct way to experience a script; whether an aspiring writer, director or actor looking for creative motivation or an audience member seeking the simple pleasure of excellent storytelling, the Lesson in the Art of Butterfly, together with Hellie’s remarkable creative insights, will leave you moved and inspired.
Hellie is a prolific, veteran playwright/director with numerous awards and production credits to her name. She has written for all sectors of theatre. As resident playwright for kompany M, professional WA theatre ensemble 2005-2010, her work attracted a number of tours. She teaches the craft of playwriting and works as a dramaturg / script assessor. Hellie mentors new and emerging playwrights, having worked with new writers from Yirra Yaakin Theatre (WA) for the past decade.
Her produced plays include BENCH 2003, BILLY WINDLOCK 2006 [Maj Monologue winner], SARDINES 2006, The GUN 2007, LUV STRUK 2008, JEEPERS CREEPERS 2008, BONE DRY 2009 [Premiers Book Award nomination], ROADTRAIN 2010, ANYTOWN 2011 [Premiers Book Award nomination & PAWA nomination], MAD FRED - the musical 2014, The DREAMING HILL 2015 [AWGIE nomination], PROJECT XAN 2016 [PAWA nomination], SELF PORTRAIT MASTURBATING 2017, The LIGHTHOUSE GIRL 2017, LESSON in the ART OF BUTTERFLY 2020 (Unsung Heroes - digital).
Hellie won the WA Premiers Book Award [for script] in 2003 for BENCH, and in 2006 for SARDINES. She was also a 2010 Richard Burton Award winner for her script The TIME of TEXAS WALL … now adapted into a novel.


Venue: Red Earth Arts Precinct READ Room 
When: Saturday 19 March 2022
Times: 4:00pm
Duration: 60 minutes
Ages: All ages  
Cost: FREE