They say a cat has nine lives – and for Ruby, a First Nations woman navigating the 21st century, ‘nine lives’ are but one way to explain her idiosyncrasies. Join the enigmatic Ruby on her quest for connection, as she unites the truths of history with her experience of the present to uncover the binding threads of people and place. A one-woman exploration of hope, longing and connection.

★★★★☆ “Evocative and challenging piece of theatre… A must see.”
– Artshub

“Spearim possesses ageless gravity and presence.”
– The Age

Produced, written and performed by Maurial Spearim

Direction and dramaturgy by Kirsty Hillhouse  

Sound design by Mark Coles Smith

Lighting design by Kris Chainey

Choreography by Sermsah Bin Saad

Composition of Bumala-y Wayi-y by Deborah Cheetham (with arrangements by Mark Coles Smith)

Animation by Sabastian Fowler

Set and costume design by Leon Salom

Projectionist: Andre Vanderwert

Stage Manager: Gin Rosse

Publicity by Kate Munro

Part of the 2016 Melbourne Fringe Festival


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September 21 – October 2


Wed 6:30pm Thu 8.30pm Fri 6.30pm Sat 8.30pm Sun 4pm


La Mama Courthouse

Tickets Info/

Full $25 Concession $15

Phone Booking/

03 9347 6142

Running Time/

Approx. 60 minutes