My Urrwai

Ghenoa Gela
28–30 March
Castlemaine Festival
Castlemaine, VIC

My Urrwai is an absorbing, swiftly-moving, well-judged performance piece that sparks with intelligence

Time Out Sydney

Ghenoa Gela – little sister, daughter, granddaughter, comic, teacher, fighter, gold medallist, air guitarist, charmer, TV star, Torres Strait mainlander, walking political statement – has made a show.

This is your invitation into the complex political, social, colonial and cultural expectations she navigates every day.

Ghenoa is a recipient of both the renowned Keir Choreographic Award and the Deadly Funny Melbourne International Comedy Festival Award. Laughter and deep reflection go hand in hand in this unique and intimate story told through movement and words.

My Urrwai, supported by stellar team including director Rachael Maza and dramaturg Kate Champion, is a revealing reflection on and celebration of cultural and familial inheritance, and an unflinching comment on race relations in Australia.

It’s not so much a coming of age story of a young woman; it’s more of a coming of age story of all of us, and how far we have to go in our understanding of the First Peoples.
Ghenoa knows herself; it’s the rest of us as a nation that have the growing up to do.
On The Town


  • Ghenoa Gela
  • Rachael Maza
Dramaturg & Movement Consultant
  • Kate Champion
  • Ania Reynolds
Lighting Designer
  • Niklas Pajanti
Set & Costume Designer
  • Michael Hankin
Production & Stage Manager
  • Liz Young
Produced by Performing Lines

in association with ILBIJERRI Theatre

Current dates & tickets

28–30 March
Castlemaine Festival
Castlemaine, VIC
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2–3 April
Frankston Arts Centre
Frankston, VIC
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4 April 2019
Bunjil Place
Narre Warren, VIC
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10–11 April
Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre
Shoalhaven, NSW
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17–18 April
BMEC Bathurst
Bathurst, NSW
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26–27 April
Bleach* Festival at Home of the Arts
Gold Coast, QLD
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10–13 July
Lismore, NSW
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17–22 July
Brisbane, QLD
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31 July 2019
Walter Reid Cultural Centre
Rockhampton, QLD
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5 August 2019
Desert Harmony Festival
Tennant Creek, NT
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9–11 August
Darwin Festival at Browns Mart
Darwin, NT
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15 August 2019
Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Cultural Centre
Katherine, NT
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20 August 2019
The Arts House
Wyong, NSW
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23 August 2019
The Q | Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre
Queanbeyan, NSW
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27 August 2019
The Engine Room | Capital Venues
Bendigo, VIC
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29–30 August
Hothouse Theatre
Wodonga, VIC
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Information for Presenters

This production is available for presentation from late 2019 and beyond.

Narelle Lewis Producer

Presentation History

Sydney Festival, Belvoir St Theatre
Sydney, NSW

Project Partners & Acknowledgements

My Urrwai is produced by Performing Lines, in association with ILBIJERRI Theatre, the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts its arts funding and advocacy body, and the New South Wales Government through Create NSW. Originally co-produced by Belvoir and Performing Lines in association with ILBIJERRI Theatre and Sydney Festival.

Performing Lines acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands on which we work – the Gadigal in Sydney, the Whadjuk in Perth, and the Muwinina in Hobart – and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

We extend those respects to all First Nations peoples on whose lands we travel and perform.