Dirty Birds [Perth, WA]
Dirty Birds [Perth, WA]

Event Information


Tuesday December 5, 2023
6:30 PM


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

Auslan Interpreter/s

Danielle Pritchard & Trish Townsend

Language/ Cultural Consultant


Auslan code has been applied

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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.

Auslan interpreted events coming…

Our next show is The Bleeding Tree which is a poetic revenge thriller with a cast of all First Nations women and the Auslan session is the 09/05 with a 6.30pm start


Then we have Things I know to Be True a complex story of love, loyalty and family on 13/06 with a 6.30pm start


Finally for this year we have Dirty Birds a brand new work written and performed by the McElhinney sisters. It will be brimming with humour, beauty and sadness and the Auslan session is 05/12 with a 6.30pm start


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