Koolbardi wer Wardong | Relaxed Performance | BREC

Koolbardi wer Wardong | Relaxed Performance

Run Time 10:00 – 11:10am with no interval. The foyers open at 9:00am
BREC and West Australian Opera present Koolbardi wer Wardong

Complimentary Tickets Limited availability, Register for tickets below

Koolbardi wer Wardong is an opera, sung in Noongar with English surtitles.

Featuring a local children’s chorus alongside professional artists from West Australian Opera, this show is suitable for all ages and features beautiful music and stunning costumes as well as an engaging story.

This Relaxed Performance is supported by Lotterywest.

05 August 2023
10:00 am

Aliwa yeyi! (Look out now!) Feathers will fly in this cautionary tale.

Koolbardi the Magpie and Wardong the Crow are two very proud, vain, jealous brothers. Watch as their cunning, rivalry and one-upmanship brings them unstuck in spectacular fashion.

We invite you to join us for a journey on Noongar Boodja, back to the Nyittiny, the time of Creation, where love, loyalty, betrayal and jealousy are all stretched to their limits. Because pride always comes before the fall.

Award winning songwriters and story tellers, Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse weave magic in a world first, brought to life under the deft direction of Matt Reuben James Ward. Experience the incredible beauty of the language of this land, as this production promises to delight audiences of all ages.



COMPOSERS Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse
DIRECTOR Matthew Reuben, James Ward
SOUND DESIGN Jeremy Turner

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What is a relaxed performance?

A relaxed performance aims to create a welcoming environment for audiences with autism, sensory and communication needs and learning disabilities.

Conventional theatre rules are relaxed and audiences are given permission to make themselves comfortable during the performance.

Lighting and sound levels will be adjusted to make the theatre experience more pleasant for audiences with sensory sensitivities.

What can I expect?

  • Theatre doors will remain open throughout the performance
  • Auditorium lights will remain on at a low level for the duration of the performance
  • Main Characters will be introduced at the beginning of the performance
  • Sound will be moderated
  • Pacing areas will be available in the foyer
  • Two Quiet Areas with bean bags and art materials will be available for audiences who may want to leave the auditorium to relax.
  • Audiences may exhibit comfort behaviours such as fidgeting, stimming, pacing, rocking or make noises during the performance
  • Audience members are free to enter and exit the venue throughout the performance

Register for Tickets

Please fill in the form below to register for tickets to the Koolbardi wer Wardong Relaxed Performance on Saturday 5th August.

Online registrations have now closed. There will be a small allocation of tickets availbale from the box office before the show.


This Relaxed Performance is supported by Lotterywest.


A Wesfarmers Arts Commission
Regional tour supported by the Minderoo Foundation and Playing WA. Children’s Chorus supported by Lotterywest.
Movement Director supported by the Bendat Family Foundation.

This performance is made possible by the support of BREC’s First Nations Audience Development and Program Partner Alcoa.

Limelight Magazine, Marilyn Phillips

“This highly entertaining, accessible new family opera, performed in the Noongar language with surtitles, deserves further performances and exposure.”
Limelight Magazine, Marilyn Phillips

“Williams and Ghouse tell the story with song, colour, light, movement and above all humour, aided and abetted by two rising stars, Jarrad Inman as Koolbardi and Jarred Wall as Wardong.”
The West Australian, David Cusworth

“A visual feast of colour and whimsy.”
The West Australian, David Cusworth

“Williams and Ghouse’s heart-tugging melodies are sweet and fun, arranged by Chris Stone who seamlessly blends a jazz band (led by Ghouse on guitar), with the lush expressiveness of the WA Youth Orchestra, conducted by Aaron Wyatt. It’s wonderful music and gives the ancient story a sense of timelessness and depth.”
Seesaw, Rosalind Appleby

“A Noongar story, told through song, connecting people to each other and our country – opera at its best.”
Seesaw, Rosalind Appleby

“I wanted the show to keep going!”
Seesaw Junior Review, Emma Wadley, Age 10

“I really enjoyed the light-hearted and funny scenes”
Seesaw Junior Review, Liliane Wadley, Age 8