The Art House presents
My Urrwai by Ghenoa Gela
20 Aug 2019 Showing at The Art House Studio
Ghenoa Gela - little sister, daughter, granddaughter, comic, teacher, fighter, gold medallist, air guitarist, charmer, TV star, Torres Strait mainlander, walking political statement – has made a show.
Ghenoa is a recipient of both the renowned Keir Choreographic Award and the Deadly Funny Melbourne International Comedy Festival Award. Laughter and deep reflection go hand in hand in this unique and intimate story told through movement and words.
“My Urrwai is exquisitely simple storytelling of immense meaning and purpose; engaging, entertaining and enlightening” – Sydney Arts Guide
My Urrwai is produced by Performing Lines, in association with ILBIJERRI Theatre, the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts its arts funding and advocacy body, and the New South Wales Government through Create NSW. Originally co-produced by Belvoir and Performing Lines in association with ILBIJERRI Theatre and Sydney Festival.
Ghenoa Gela | Creator & Performer
Her one-woman show, My Urrwai, premieres as part of the 2018 Sydney Festival at Belvoir St Theatre Downstairs.
Ghenoa has just returned from Edinburgh Fringe, where she performed with award winning show, Hot Brown Honey and is now looking forward to her
next big adventure which will take her to Noumea with Broom based dance, theatre company Marrugeku for the first creative development of their
Ghenoa’s arts practice is inspired by her family stories and her passion to share her Torres Strait Islander culture. She aspires to inspire.
The Sydney Morning Herald | Joyce Morgan | 23 January 2018
“ …there are certainly many comic moments... But this is far more than a light-weight coming-of-age tale.”
“In just an hour, Gela covers a lot of ground – from the impact of Christianity on island life, to a critique of arts funding and training – as she navigates her way between traditional and contemporary worlds.”
“Ghenoa Gela invites her audience to take a walk in her shoes in this spellbinding biographical monologue.”
“Employing her skills as a dancer, comedian, choreographer and actor, Gela charms her crowd with vivid storytelling, self-deprecating humour and wide-open expressivity under a sky of shifting colours”
“It’s irresistible and with her bright smile, conversational delivery and an excess of charm, you might fall in love with her.”
“it reminds us that we are not passive – that we have work to do and voices to use to intervene when people are unfairly targeted.”