Photo: Jacinta Keefe
Siteworks, 33 Saxon St Brunswick, VIC, 3056
16 July 2019, 10:00 AM - 16 July 2019, 4:00 PM

ILBIJERRI is holding auditions for two productions created for community, that will both be touring in 2019:

  • VIRAL, touring August-September
  • LET LOVE RULE (working title), touring October–November

We are seeking a total of six actors (three for each production).

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander actors with all levels of experience are welcome to audition, including people with no previous acting experience.



DATE Tuesday 16 July 2019*

TIMES 10am – 12:30pm (VIRAL) and 1:30pm – 4pm (LET LOVE RULE)

VENUE Siteworks, 33 Saxon St Brunswick, VIC, 3056

HOW TO APPLY Pease complete the application form by no later than 5pm Sunday 14 July

CONTACT Emily on 03 9329 9097 or


Applicants will be emailed a confirmation with instructions on how to prepare for the audition.

*Please note that if you are unable to attend the audition in person, you may request to audition via video. Audition monologues will be provided.


PLEASE READ Synopsis and Character Descriptions for both works, prior to completing the application form, by clicking on the tabs above.


Photo: Jacinta Keefe
Siteworks, 33 Saxon St Brunswick, VIC, 3056
16 July 2019, 10:00 AM - 16 July 2019, 4:00 PM


Writer Maryanne Sam

Director/Dramaturge Kamarra Bell-Wykes


(2 weeks) – 5th August to 16th August
Tour (3 weeks) – 19th August to 6th September



Following on from widely-acclaimed works Chopped Liver and BODY ARMOUR, ‘Viral – Are You the Cure?’ is the third  instalment in ILBIJERRI’s Hep C trilogy – aimed to break down shame, promote healing and get our community HEP C free. VIRAL toured Victoria and South Australia in 2018, visiting schools, community centres and prison and this second tour is eagerly anticipated.

Ally is a young mum who lives with her partner Doc and their young son Dillon. Ally and Doc also live with an uninvited guest, Hepatitis C.

The young couple struggle with their drug use, Doc’s frequent trips in and out of prison and their different dreams for the future. Ally wants to reconnect with her family and community but the stigma and shame felt about their Hep C status and their lifestyle “choices” means it’s not going to be easy. Ally wants to get clean and cleared of the virus but can she convince Kev to do the same? Or will she have to choose self-love over the love of her life?

Life is complicated enough without a nosey interviewer and his film crew following your every move – Ally and Doc along with a mix of colourful characters from the community are the subject of a documentary about Hepatitis C and the new treatment – exploring the stigma and shame associated with the virus, asking the important question of whether any ‘cure’ can be truly successful without the support and belief of those around you.

VIRAL celebrates the strength and courage it takes for an individual to make a life changing decision in the face of adversity but also reminds us that HEP C doesn’t just effect individuals but our whole community and it will take our whole community to heal. Now there is a free, easy and safe treatment for the virus, VIRAL asks why our mob aren’t accessing it and what can our community do to support it.



Actors will be required to double up as 2 main characters and need to be able to “play’ the suggested ages.


ALLY/LIZZIE – Female, – early-late 20’s

ALLY – Mum to 2-week-old son Dillon. Upbeat, positive, nurturer to her detriment at times. A ‘yes’ girl. Needs to be needed. The fixer. Her mother left when she was young and her fathers drinking problems saw Ally placed in a home. Uses sometimes. Since the birth of her child she has started to make plans to seek treatment and start a new life.


LIZZIE – Doco team member who has empathy for her subjects. Do-gooder who Loves all things “Indigenous”


DOC/Phil – Male, Late 20’s-mid 30’s

DOC ‘Married up’ with Ally. Charming, self-assured, with a tough and sometimes dangerous edge born of survival. In and out of homes. In and out of jail. Cannot see an ‘out’ for himself as the world he exists in, prevents him from escaping the virus and the lifestyle.


PHIL Apathetic doco team member. Just wants to get in and get out with out any attachments.


MERV/LEWIS – Male, 50ish

MERV –  Needed a kidney transplant, contracted Hep C through a transfusion. Treatment and stigma pushed him further into drinking. Lost everything including his family. Time is not on his side as he attempts to search for the daughter he gave up.

LEWIS: Patriarchal documentary maker who does what he has to “get the job done”.


Photo: Jacinta Keefe
Siteworks, 33 Saxon St Brunswick, VIC, 3056
16 July 2019, 10:00 AM - 16 July 2019, 4:00 PM


Writer Declan Furber Gillick

Director/Dramaturge Kamarra Bell-Wykes


Creative Development (1 week) – 26th August to 30th August
Rehearsals (3 weeks) – 23rd September to 4th October, 14th October to 18th October
Tour (4 weeks) – 21st October to 15th November



Let Love Rule has been commissioned to address family violence and its impacts, and the experiences of young First Nations people living in care.

Let Love Rule is the story of Kira-Lee and Bryce, siblings, who are trying to get home for their father’s funeral but are waylaid at an isolated petrol station – trying to convince someone to give them a lift back to their broken down car.

Along the way we learn of their respective and sometimes quite different recollections of their upbringing; a violent father, a mother who stayed and their subsequent removals and welfare placements, and the ways these experience have impacted them.

We also meet 16 year old Garren, a cousin of the pair, who through a series of monologues reflects on his childhood in multiple foster homes and his relationship with his mother and estranged father.

Then there is Uncle Lawrie, in his 60s and after a life time of drinking, on a path of sobriety and healing, running a men’s group in the hope of creating a space of other fullas to “find their thread home”.

Let Love Rule speaks to the complex layers but too often common experiences of family violence and the impact it has on our community and specifically our children and their relentless resilience, undying hope and ultimately their need to give and receive unconditional love.



Actors should be able to “play’ the suggested ages.


KIRRA-LEE – Female, 19-22

Kirra-Lee is from Bairnsdale and is studying photography and childcare at Bairnsdale TAFE. She ‘don’t got no baby’. Was in out-of-home care since she was around 10 years old, the last of her siblings to be taken. She has strong memories of the alcohol-fuelled violence of her father towards her mother, and of her other siblings being taken.  Is possibly in a violent relationship herself.


BRYCE – Male, 20 – 25

Bryce is Kirra-Lee’s brother. He was in out-of-home-care from a young age. He is working and separated from the mother of his young son and not in contact with them. His memories of his parents relationship are not as graphic as Kirra-Lee’s.


Actor playing Bryce will also be playing:

UNCLE LAWRIE –  40’s-50’s. Everybody’s uncle. He’s made mistakes in his life but since he turned over a new 10 years he is determined to help others find their thread home.


GARREN – Male, 16

Garren is Bryce and Kirra-Lee’s first cousin. He’s been in care for several years as well as having done stints living with both his parents. He is an expert in Exbox, dirtbike riding and surviving the system. He is quite philosophical with strong intensions of being a good and kind person, with loving relationships, despite his limited experience of such in the world that he has moved through. He is forgiving of his parents and has faith in their love for him, despite the challenges they have faced.