Tour produced by Performing Lines supported by ILBIJERRI Theatre

about the show

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.

My Urrwai is the feature performance for NAIDOC at NORPA.

creative team

Creator/Performer  Ghenoa Gela
Director  Rachael Maza
Dramaturg  Kate Champion
Composer  Ania Reynolds
Lighting Designer  Niklas Pajanti
Set & Costume Designer  Michael Hankin

Tour produced by Performing Lines supported by ILBIJERRI Theatre
Originally co-produced by Belvoir & Performing Lines in association with ILBIJERRI Theatre & Sydney Festival


“Employing her skills as a dancer, comedian, choreographer and actor, Gela charms her crowd with vivid storytelling, self-deprecating humour and wide-open expressivity under a sky of shifting colours.” Jason Blake, Audrey Journal

“It’s irresistible and with her bright smile, conversational delivery and an excess of charm, you might fall in love with her… My Urrwai is an absorbing, swiftly-moving, well-judged performance piece that sparks with intelligence.” Cassie Tongue, Timeout Sydney

“… her mere presence warms the space as she navigates the negative of the blackfella experience with an accentuation of the positive that comes from a strong family base that has instilled love and a strong sense of self-respect… My Urrwai is exquisitely simple storytelling of immense meaning and purpose, engaging, entertaining and enlightening.” Richard Cotter, Sydney Arts Guide

bar and diner

The NORPA Diner will be open from 6pm, offering main meals, share plates and desserts. (There will always be vegetarian and gluten free options available). The seasonal menu will be confirmed one week before the performance date.

The licensed NORPA Bar will be open from 6pm, and also during and after the show. Drinks purchased from the bar are permitted inside the theatre. Sorry, no BYO.

patron advice

60 minutes no interval.
Some coarse language, suitable for 12+


Single Tickets
Adult  $36
Senior/Concession/Groups 4+  $32
Under 25  $25

Adult $30
Senior/Concession/Groups 4+ $25
Under 25 $15

General admission.

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Photo by David Charles Collins