Koolbardi wer Wardong | BREC

Koolbardi wer Wardong

Run Time 70 mins no interval
BREC and West Australian Opera present Koolbardi wer Wardong

Ticket Prices
Adult $46 + BF | Concession $38 + BF | Under 18 $28 + BF
Family (2A+2C) $133.20 + BF | BREC Access

GENRE  Opera
LANGUAGE  Sung in Noongar with English surtitles
AGE SUITABILITY  Suitable for all ages

PLEASE NOTE  a limited number of tickets are available to the general public for the 11am schools performance of Koolbardi wer Wardong. Seats will be allocated on the day to allow for the seating of school groups.

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04 August 2023
11:00 am
04 August 2023
7:00 pm
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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.




Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse
Dr Chris Stone
Matthew Reuben, James Ward
Joshua Haines
Olman Walley
Matt McVeigh
Mark Howett
Jeremy Turner

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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.


  If you experience any difficulties booking tickets, please contact our Box Office Team on 1300 661 272 – Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 10am to 4pm.

  ACCESSIBILITY For accessible bookings please contact our Box Office Team on 1300 661 272.

 The safety of our patrons, staff, and community remains our priority, and we’re working hard to ensure your safety while visiting BREC. For further information please refer to our COVID 19 Policy

  We continue to encourage online bookings and contactless payments at the bar.


A doorway to the arts that’s always open!

We want everyone to have the opportunity to see this show at BREC.

So here’s our offer. Through BREC Access we are making some seats available for those who need a good night out but who can’t manage full price at the moment and we invite those who can to ‘pay it forward’ and choose a higher price.

$10.00 OPEN – I need a good night out but the cost of living is starting to bite!
$25.00  ENTER – I need a good night out but can pay a bit more
$70.00  FLING – I want to pay it forward and fling open the doors for someone else

* Limited BREC Access Tickets available

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