Sharing Stories – Reconciliation Week 2016

Merrigong Theatre Company and Wollongong City Council have been gathering stories from local elders and knowledge holders in a program that aims to record and pass the stories down from one generation to another. The Stories tell of the local landscape and its creation, of lessons and beauty; from how the Black Swan came to be to the origins of the Red Waratah. They have been shared with students from the Illawarra area between the ages of 2 to 18 who will come together during Reconciliation week to perform and share these stories with you – their community. There will be singing, storytelling, art, dance and plays.

Hosted by the fabulous Kevin Kropinyeri (Aboriginal Comedy Allstars) it promises to be a welcoming, joyful celebration of culture and stories. On stage will be Aboriginal students from Helensburgh Public School, Lake Illawarra High School, St Columbkilles,The Flame Tree Dancers (Wollongong),The Little Ngargens (Shellharbour) and Wollongong Performing Arts High School, with digital content from Noogaleek pre school.

As a part of Reconciliation Week, Sharing Stories celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. The event is on 3 June, the final day of Reconciliation Week, which commemorates the High Court of Australia’s landmark Mabo decision in 1992, which legally recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a special relationship to the land—a relationship that existed prior to colonisation and still exists today. This recognition paved the way for land rights or Native Title.

At 6pm there will be a show for all of the community. This show is “PAY AS YOU FEEL”. When you walk in you will receive an envelope and you decide what you can afford to pay or what you think the performance is worth. Enjoy the performances, the elders, the environment and the children who bring to life the stories from the past. Whatever is collected will go towards producing more local stories and performances.

So come along, be captivated by the beauty of the stories, the joy of community and an event that is truly for all of us to enjoy this reconciliation week.

Created and Performed by Helensburgh Public School, Lake Illawarra High School, St Columbkilles, The Flame Tree Dancers (Wollongong),The Little Ngargens (Shellharbour) and Wollongong Performing Arts High School and Noogaleek pre school.

Tickets for School Shows:$6 per person via email to

Tickets for Community Performance – PAY AS YOU FEEL – No booking necessary, all welcome

Performance Times
General Public:
Fri 3 Jun 10.30am and 1pm – School Shows only
Fri 3 Jun 6pm Community Show

Running Time
Approx. 90 mins (no interval)

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