My Urrwai

Ghenoa Gela

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

with support from ILBIJERRI Theatre

Information for Presenters

Narelle Lewis Producer

Presentation History

Sydney Festival, Belvoir St Theatre
Sydney, NSW

Project Partners & Acknowledgements

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.