Cooee – is Imagination lost? 

Cooee – come here! Suspend reality and find Imagination in this interactive theatre piece perfect for children 8-11. 


Language notes:

I would like to pay my respects to the traditional custodians on whose traditional lands I live and work, I would also like to acknowledge that I am incorporating a traditional Aboriginal word within the story I am telling whether verbal or physical and the word I am using is COOEE

This traditional Aboriginal word comes from the Dharug language, also written as Darug and Dharuk and also known as Eora (Iyora) or the Sydney language, it is an Australian Aboriginal language of the Yuin–Kuric group that was traditionally spoken in the region of SydneyNew South Wales. It is the traditional language of the Darug.

Cooee! (/ˈkuːiː/) is a shout originated in Australia to attract attention, find missing people, or indicate one’s own location. When done correctly—loudly and shrilly—a call of “cooee” can carry over a considerable distance. The distance one’s cooee call travels can be a matter of competitive pride. It is also known as a call of help, which can blend in with different natural sounds in the bush. The word “cooee” originates from the Dharug language of Aboriginal Australians in the Sydney area. It means “come here” and has now become widely used in Australia as a call over distances.  

Resourced by Glenn Shea: Elder/Respected Person NAIDOC 2020, Wathaurong Aboriginal Community/Coop. First Nations Producer La Mama Theatre

Creator and Performer: Loukia Vassiliades

Father’s Vocal: Byron Triandafyllidis

Technical support: Ben Wilhelms

Movement collaborator: Daniella Olea

Special thanks to Penelope Bartlau, Johanna de Ruyter

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