Performance | Australia/Torres Strait
My Urrwai by Ghenoa Gela
Tour produced by Performing Lines supported by ILBIJERRI Theatre
Growing up in Rockhampton in the ’90s, Ghenoa Gela’s daily routine was school, dance practice, dinner, Bible study, dance practice, sleep – with some covert attention paid to R&B and hip-hop.
My Urrwai (which roughly translates as ‘my spirit’, or ‘my style’) explores Gela’s life, family and cultural identity as a Torres Strait Islander woman, through spoken word and dance. As you’d hope from someone who was the winner of the Deadly Funny Awards at the 2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, her autobiographical show comes with a killer sense of humour. My Urrwai is a celebration of cultural and familial inheritance, and an unflinching commentary on race relations in Australia
‘a one-of-a-kind performance that’s not to be missed.’ — TIMEOUT