VIRAL 2019

VIRAL 2019

VIRAL 2019

Photo: Tiffany Garvie
19 August 2019 - 04 September 2019

Ally and Kev live up in the flats, they’ve got their own little place, a brand new baby and dreams for the future. Life should be good but sometimes life has its own plans.

Just ask Merv, he hasn’t been feeling too good lately. Years of tough luck, bad choices and hard living have finally caught up with him. He’s dreaming of one final chance to make things right.

As though that’s not messy enough, they’re all being filmed for some documentary! #ITS COMPLICATED.

One things for sure, things are about to go VIRAL….

A deadly show from the makers of CHOPPED LIVER, VIRAL premiered in 2018 and is now back by popular demand!

Writer Maryanne Sam

Director/Dramaturge Kamarra Bell-Wykes

Performers Jessie Butler, Shannon Hood & Nikita Tabuteau

Choreographer Carly Sheppard

Set & Sound Designer small sound

Costume Designer Jacinta Keefe

Producers Emily Anyupa Butcher and Lisa Parris

Production Coordinator Caleb Thaiday

Community Engagement Richie Hallal

Community Consultation Facilitators Shiralee Hood & Kamarra Bell-Wykes

ILBIJERRI would like to thank community members from Bendigo and District Aboriginal Co-operative (BDAC), Star Health and Loddon Prison Precinct for their vital contribution to the development of this project.


We would also like to acknowledge the input of the 2018 cast (Laila Thaker, Jesse Butler & Blayne Welsh) to the devised elements of this work.

VIRAL is supported by the Victorian Government, Hepatitis Victoria and the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation.

VIRAL 2019

VIRAL 2019

Photo: Tiffany Garvie
19 August 2019 - 04 September 2019


FREE events. Registration essential.

Contact Caleb Thaiday: 

Phone 03 9329 9097


Date Mon 19 Aug 2019

Time 6:30PM

Venue Brunswick Mechanics Institute, 270 Sydney Rd, Brunswick, VIC, 3056


Date Tue 27 Aug 2019

Time 10:00AM

Venue CoHealth, Harmsworth Hall – 31 Harmsworth Street, Collingwood, VIC, 3066


Date Tue 27 Aug 2019

Time 2:00PM

Venue Thorne Harbour Health (Positive Living Centre), 51 Commercial Road, South Yarra, VIC, 3141


Date Wed 28 Aug 2019

Time 3:00PM

Venue Rumbalara Aboriginal Cooperative, Address TBC


Date Thu 29 Aug 2019

Time 4:30PM


DHHS, Room 1.10 Level 1/50 Lonsdale St, Melbourne, VIC, 3000


Date Fri 30 Aug 2019

Time 09:30AM

Venue VACCHO, 17-24 Sackville St, Collingwood, VIC, 3066


Date Fri 30 Aug 2019

Time 1:30PM

Venue Victorian Aboriginal Health Service, 186 Nicholson St, Fitzroy, VIC, 3004


Date Mon 2 Sept 2019

Time 2:00PM

Venue Burnet Institute, 85 Commercial Rd, Melbourne, VIC, 3004


Date Wed 4 Sept 2019

Time 2:00PM

Venue Ballarat and District Aboriginal Co-operative, 5 Market St, Ballarat, VIC, 3353

For more info and to register for any of these free events, please contact Caleb Thaiday:

Phone 03 9329 9097





VIRAL 2019

VIRAL 2019

Photo: Tiffany Garvie
19 August 2019 - 04 September 2019

New tablets kill the Hepatitis C virus:

  • 95% of people are cured
  • Treatment is one pill each day for 8 – 12 weeks (No injections)
  • Treatment is safe: few side effects (e.g. headache)

Hepatitis treatment protects us all. Yarn it up with your doctor: it doesn’t matter how you got it.

Ask for a blood borne virus check at your next health check.

Get checked and get cured

Hep C facts:

Hepatitis C is a virus.  Without treatment hepatitis C can shorten your life.

About 182,144 Australians are living with the hepatitis C virus[1]. In Victoria, the rate of newly diagnosed Hep C is 20 times higher in Aboriginal communities[2].

You can only get the hepatitis C virus when blood with hepatitis C enters your bloodstream.

You can get it again – so don’t share diabetes prickers, injecting, tattooing or piercing equipment.

You can’t get hepatitis C by sharing food, cups, and hugs or kisses, or from toilets or mozzies!


[1] Kirby Institute Annual Surveillance Report (2018)

[2] DHHS Annual Surveillance report (2018)