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Gunga-na Dhum-nganjinu (The Stories We Hold Tightly)

9 May, 2023 - 14 May, 2023

The Yirramboi Festival presents

Gunga-na Dhum-nganjinu (The Stories We Hold Tightly)

9 – 14 May 2023 

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9 – 14 May 2023

preview / Mob night: Tuesday 9 May
opening night: Wednesday 10 May
duration: 60 minutes
Tuesday to Saturday 7:30pm
Saturday 4pm
Sunday 1pm
ticket price: $15 – $35
bookings: 03 9662 9966

*Online ticket sales are available until two hours before each performance. Tickets can also be purchased at the door half an hour before each performance.

History, religion, environmental knowledge, and law are woven, bound, and connected in the stories that have passed from generation to generation. They change and move subtlety as the times do. The past and future always echo in the present tense.

Join this family of storytellers – Uncle Larry WalshVictoria MorphyHannah Morphy-Walsh, and Isobel Morphy-Walsh – as they weave creation, song, story, and movement together to tell the big stories that travel through the generations. You know the ones. Today we are descendants using our history, connections, and worldview as guides. But tomorrow we will be ancestors being reinterpreted and told anew.

Hear songs of healing, see harvest through dance, hear of the platypus and how he connects to the spent criminal conviction act and the stolen generation, hear words of weavers!

Presented as part of the 2023 Yirramboi Festival. 

This production was commissioned by Yirramboi Festival and has received funding and support from Yirramboi Festival, City of Melbourne and Creative Victoria through the Creative Projects Fund.

Devised and performed by: Isobel Morphy-Walsh, Hannah Morphy-Walsh, Larry Walsh, and Vic Morphy

Direction: Margie Mackay and Gilbert Douglas

Technical Production /stage Management: Douglas and Mackay

Movement Mentor: Gilbert Douglas

Elder on project: Uncle Larry Walsh

Artist Bio: Isobel Morphy-Walsh, Hannah Morphy-Walsh, and Uncle Larry Walsh are all proud nirim baluk people from the Taun Wurrung (Taungurung) Nation. Vic Morphy has an Australian settler heritage steeped in the bush, football, and Holden cars. Together they make up the Morphy-Walsh family. They are all known for a wide variety of things. Amongst this group there are 3 wordsmiths, 2 weavers, 3 storytellers, 1 dancer, 4 makers, 2 song women, 4 arts workers, educators, image makers, activists, and lovers of place and people. Particularly their own!

This production has been conceived, birthed and grown on the lands of the Taungurung, Gunnai Kurnai and Wurundjeri.

Ticket Prices:

Preview: $20
Concession: $25
Group 4+: $25
Mob: $15


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9 May, 2023
14 May, 2023
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fortyfivedownstairs theatre
45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne 3000, Victoria 3000 Australia
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03 9662 9966
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