Koolbardi wer Wardong

This production is presented in association with the AWESOME Festival, West Australian Young Voices and Western Australian Youth Orchestra

Award winning songwriters Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse invite you on a magical journey back to the Nyittiny, the time of Creation.

This season is subject to COVID-19 restrictions. To book as part of an opera package (2 or more operas) click here


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.

Set on Noongar Boodja (the south west corner of Western Australia), we invite you to join us for a journey 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.


KOOLBARDI WER WARDONG is a Wesfarmers Arts Commission.



Behind the Scenes


Composers Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse
Conductor Aaron Wyatt
Director Matt Reuben James Ward
Bendat Family Foundation Artist Movement Director Olman Walley 
Set and Costume Designer
Matt McVeigh
Lighting Designer Mark Howett
Arrangement and Orchestration Dr Chris Stone
Adrian Soares

Koolbardi Jarrad Inman
Wardong Jarred Wall
Djidi Djidi Tyrone Brownley
Miss Djidi Djidi Natasha Eldridge
Ngaank Boodja
Gina Williams AM

Guitar Guy Ghouse
Double Bass Dr Nick Abbey
Dr Daniel Susnjar

West Australian Young Voices
Noongar Children's Choir
Western Australian Youth Orchestra




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You can view the program on the night via your smartphone. There will be QR codes available at His Majesty's Theatre. When you scan the QR code with your smartphone camera, the program will load. 

Relaxed Performance of Koolbardi wer Wardong
Supported by Lotterywest
3pm performance | Tuesday 5 October 2021
His Majesty’s Theatre Perth

What is a relaxed performance?

A relaxed performance is aimed at creating a welcoming environment designed for but not limited to audiences with autism, sensory and communication needs and learning disabilities. At a relaxed performance, audiences are allowed to move around and make noise within reason when watching the performance. Conventional theatre rules are relaxed, and audiences are given permission to make themselves comfortable during the performance. Lighting and sound levels will be augmented to make the theatre experience more pleasant for audiences with sensory sensitivities. Front of House staff will also be trained to ensure they are equipped to facilitate a welcoming environment for audiences.

What can I expect?

  • Theatre doors will remain open throughout the performance
  • Lighting will be dimmed
  • Sound will be moderated
  • Pacing areas will be situated at the back of the auditorium in both the Stalls and Dress Circle
  • A Quiet Area with bean bags and art materials will be available for audiences who may want to leave the auditorium to relax. The performance will be streamed live in the Quiet Area so they do not miss out on the performance.
  • 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

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Social Story

A social story is a tool that helps individuals better understand the world around them so they can plan for a positive experience, even if they are going into a place that is unknown to them. Social stories help individuals know what to expect and what to do in unfamiliar situations by walking them through the experience.

Enjoy our social story for Koolbardi wer Wardong:

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Crew & King Café | Restaurant | Bar is open at the iconic His Majesty’s Theatre and serving the best produce Western Australia has to offer.

Enjoy the special Koolbardi wer Wardong menu! 


Book via The Fork or call (08) 9265 0937


We're teaming up with our partners at Brookfield Place to offer all Koolbardi wer Wardong ticket holders exclusive food and beverage offers on performance nights. All you need to do is present your ticket! 

Participating venues include: Bar Lafayette, W. Churchill, Heritage, Bobeche, Print Hall (The Apple Daily Bar & Eating House). 

Learn more here.

His Majesty's Theatre is shortly to undergo balcony restoration. We thank you for your patience and care during preparatory work on the footpaths outside the theatre. 

Under current State Government COVID-19 restrictions, the venue is able to operate at 100% capacity.

We will endeavour to present this event however, we will be operating as per COVID-19 restrictions and conditions may change rapidly.

For more information please contact Box Office on (08) 6212 9292

His Majesty’s Theatre and West Australian Opera have COVID-19 Safety Policies in place to maintain your safety at the theatre. These efforts include:

  • The completion of a COVID safety plan.
  • Hand sanitiser stations readily available.
  • Ongoing frequent deep cleaning regimes across all areas of the venue.
  • COVID safety trained staff in all areas.
  • Distanced markers for queuing.
  • Use of the WA Government's SafeWA digital contact register system. For more information please click HERE

A digital programme for Koolbardi wer Wardong will be available to view for free on the WAO website in advance, so if you’d like to read it before the performance, you’ll be able to do so.

We are taking every measure possible to ensure audience safety, so printed programmes will not be available at the performances. 

Please do not attend a live performance if you are unwell. As an interim COVID-19 measure if you are unwell, please contact [email protected] prior to the performance to discuss your options with us. 

Event and ticketing details


Language/sub-title available in english
Wheelchair Access
Audio Described
Tactile Tour
Relaxed Performance

Dates & Times

DURATION 60min with no interval
2 October, 2021 Saturday - 6.30pm
5 October, 2021 Tuesday - 3.00pm, 6.30pm
6 October, 2021 Wednesday - 3.00pm, 6.30pm


His Majesty's Theatre

825 Hay Street

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