An hour before sunset, a guide meets you at the foot of a bridge on the banks of Lake Monger.

Kaya wanjoo ngany boodja, Galup.
Welcome to my home, Galup – place of fire

Galup is an interactive walking performance on-country that brings to life largely unknown histories of this area.

Step back in time to the 1830s with Noongar performer Ian Wilkes as your guide. Throughout the show, Ian takes on a range of characters guiding you through real events from our collective past and invites you to join in and be part of the show.

Everyday hundreds of people visit Lake Monger without knowing the events that happened here or understanding its significant place in history. Galup seeks to change that, by uncovering the truth with a profound participatory experience.

Created by Ian Wilkes and artist/filmmaker Poppy van Oorde-Grainger, with an oral history from Elder Doolann-Leisha Eatts, this intimate, truth-telling performance will resonate with you long after you leave.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised this video contains images of someone who has died.

moving and transporting; an intercultural, collaborative retelling of history, that holds a powerful reminder of how the Noongar spiritual fire can remain alight.” –Seesaw Mag 

Carefully researched and imaginatively constructed” – The Australian 


Ian Wilkes & Poppy van Oorde-Grainger
with an oral history from Doolann-Leisha Eatts

Birdiya Noongar Cultural Consultants
Doolann-Leisha Eatts
Ted Wilkes
Darryl Kickett
Elizabeth Hayden



Writer / Performer
Ian Wilkes

Writer / Director / Producer
Poppy van Oorde-Grainger

Performer / Oral History Custodian
Doolann-Leisha Eatts

Music Dramaturg
Dr Clint Bracknell

Maitland Schnaars

Glenda Kickett

Production Manager
Kirby Brierty

Stage Manager
Mitchell Thomas

Assistant Stage Manager
Samuel Yombich Pilot-Kickett

Research Consultant
Dr Chris Owen

Community Liaison
Della Rae Morrison

Co-produced by
Same Drum and Performing Lines WA

Information for Presenters

Performed in English and Noongar.
Contains smoke effects and open flames.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island audience members are advised that this production references and contains stories of people who have passed away.

More info at

Jen Leys Producer
Jeremy Smith Senior Producer

Presentation History

Perth Festival
Perth, WA
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Full Presentation History for Galup

Perth Festival
Perth, WA
Know Thy Neighbour #2 by International Art Space
Perth, WA

Project Partners & Acknowledgements

Originally commissioned by International Art Space as a part of the Know Thy Neighbour #2 program, the remount of the work has been supported by Lotterywest.

Hero image by Dan Grant

In everything we do, we acknowledge that we live on Aboriginal land and constantly learn from the wisdom of First Peoples.

Where we are and the history that precedes us informs how we work and how we move forward.