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Jurrungu Ngan-ga [Straight Talk]

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Black Swan State Theatre Company of WA

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State Theatre Centre of WA, 174-176 William St, Perth WA 6000


15 - 23 September 2023


Set within ‘the prison of the Australian mind’, Marrugeku’s Jurrungu Ngan-ga twists and turns its way through Indigenous and refugee stories, cutting into the raw nerve of government sanctioned brutality in prisons and detention centres.

After a successful world tour, it’s time for Perth audiences to be swept away by Jurrungu Ngan-ga’s visual feast for the senses with hypnotic storytelling that gives victims a face, and interrogates our capacity to lock away and isolate that which we fear.

This provocative new dance theatre work designed by leading Western Australian visual artist Abdul-Rahman Abdullah fuses complex choreography, searing dialogue and a blood-pumping musical soundscape. Co-created with Yawuru leader, Patrick Dodson, former Manus Island detainee Behrouz Boochani, and Iranian-Australian scholar-activist Omid Tofighian, this is an exquisite work of great sophistication that throbs with sadness, anger and joy.

Brutally beautiful, Jurrungu Ngan-ga arrests your attention, dares you to look away, and dreams of the day we will know solidarity in difference.

You can find more information about venue accessibility here: Accessibility | Arts and Culture Trust (


  • Wheelchair Accessibility
  • Blind or Low Vision
  • Audio Description
  • Wheelchair Action

Saturday 16th September 2023, 2pm (Matinee) - Audio Described performance with Tactile Tour