We acknowledge and pay our respects to the Country that we travel through and share stories on.
We acknowledge and pay our respect to the Traditional Owners, Elder, Ancestors, and young leaders.
We acknowledge, with full respect, the strength of the First Nations people and communities, continuing to practice culture, and connection to Country.
We acknowledge, with full respect, the power and excellence of First Nation people and communities fighting to protect and look after Country, Community, Language and Lore, in the face of ongoing colonial interruptions and cultural genocide.
Always was, always will be, sacred Indigenous land.
In particular we acknowledge and pay our respects to the sovereign peoples of the Kulin Nations on whose unceded land ILBIJERRI Theatre Company is based.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples should be advised that this website may contain images of deceased persons.
“Sisters of Gelam is a slick and lyrical celebration of indigenous culture. It is performed with such presence and feeling, and speaks to such a profound and universal desire for homecoming and human connection, that it is impossible to remain unmoved” - The Age
Weaving together a heady mix of live music, theatre & puppetry, Sisters of Gelam is the writing debut of Rachael Maza and her sister Lisa Maza – “The Maza Sisters”. A duo well known for their soulful brand of acoustic tunes and island harmonies, the girls are both also highly accomplished actors in Australian theatre, film and television.
Inspired by the two sisters’ very personal experiences as the daughters of an Aboriginal father and Dutch mother, stories from the past and the present are intertwined to present a poignant exploration of the journey to reconcile cultures and celebrate heritage.
Performers Lisa Maza, Rachael Maza & Ben Graetz
Writers Rachael Maza & Lisa Maza
Directors Melanie Beddie & Rachael Maza
Musical Director Stephen (Stretch) Teakle
Set & Costume Designer Gav Barbey
Lighting Designer Danny Pettingill
Puppet Designer Katrina Gaskell
Puppet Director Megan Cameron
Musicians Stephen (Stretch) Teakle, Andrew O'Grady & Phil Collings