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DIRTY BIRDS by Hayley McElhinney & Mandy McElhinney

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Arts Culture Trust

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  • 2 December 2023, 14:00
    • Wheelchair Accessibility
    • Audio Description
    • Opened Captioning
    • Touch Tour
  • 5 December 2023, 18:30
    • Wheelchair Accessibility
    • Sign Language Interpretation


State Theatre Centre of WA


1 hour and 10 minutes


$110.00 Adult
A Reserve
$87.00 - $95.00 Adult
$87.00 *Concession
$40.00 - $45.00 Students
B Reserve
$72.00 - $79.00 Adult
$72.00 *Concession
$40.00 - $45.00 Students
$30.00 Under 30's
C Reserve (Restricted View)
$35.00 Admit
$30.00 Under 30's
*Concession: Full-time students, pensioners, Seniors Card holders, unemployed, Veteran Card holders, Health Care Card holders

Event description

Presented by Black Swan State Theatre Company of WA


Blurring the lines between truth and fiction, journey through the past, present, real and absurd, as two big-hearted ‘losers’ carve out a place for themselves in a new world.

Sisters, Mary and Martha, must leave their humble abode. Food is scarce, bills haven’t been paid, and nature is giving them an ultimatum. But there’s a problem - they can’t seem to get it together to do what needs to be done. What’s more, they’re not even sure who they are, which is which and where they should go. They search through memories, familiar rituals and endless cups of tea, looking for something that will shake them from their predicament before it’s too late.

The creative minds of Australia’s beloved, multi-award winning McElhinney sisters, Mandy (Wakefield, The Glass Menagerie) and Hayley (Mystery Road: Origins, Oil), have conjured up a new Australian work brimming with humour, beauty and sadness. Conceived after twenty years of dreaming and reflecting on their own Irish heritage, Dirty Birds captures our desperate longing for shared identity, and the courage it takes to step out into a hostile world.

Director Kate Champion
Cast Hayley McElhinney & Mandy McElhinney
Set & Costume Designer Bruce McKinven
Composer & Sound Designer Rachael Dease