Give more children access to the performing arts.

Performance dates & times

Monday 17 Jun
11:30 AM, 2:00 PM
Tuesday 18 Jun
11:30 AM, 2:00 PM
Wednesday 19 Jun
11:30 AM, 2:00 PM
Thursday 20 Jun
11:30 AM, 2:00 PM
Friday 21 Jun
11:30 AM, 2:00 PM

Running Time 1 hour 30 minutes

Price range

Per student

Minimum charge is for 15 students.

Maximum capacity: 25 per workshop

To apply for a First Call Fund subsidy for this program, click here.

SUITABILITY: Years 7 - 12

Learn about contemporary First Nations lived experiences through engaging drama activities

The MARGUK Workshop Series uses drama to engage students in First Nations culture, histories and storytelling. Workshops are available for all ages, from Foundation to VCE and are delivered by leading First Nations theatre artists from ILBIJERRI, Australia’s longest running First Nations theatre company.

The workshops provide a valuable opportunity for students to learn from First Nations facilitators through interactive drama activities that allow students to develop a deeper understanding of First Nations culture, social and political history and the contemporary lived experience of Australian First Peoples.

Aligning to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures cross-curriculum priority across a range of subjects and learning outcomes, the MARGUK Workshop Series is suitable for all students and uses participatory drama techniques to create a hands-on learning environment.

In 2017 MARGUK toured to 16 schools in Victoria, delivering workshops to 1,438 students.

Political Postcards
1.5 hours
Years 6 - 12
An exploration of Indigenous political and social issues through simple drama activities.

Cook’s Colony
Years 9 – 12
1.5 hours
An exploration of colonisation through drama based activities. Please contact us for more information if you would like to take part in this workshop

Perceptions 101
Years 9 – 12
1.5 hours
An exploration of Indigenous representation, perceptions and stereotypes through simple drama activities that will lead to the creation of a short group-based work.

Classroom Connections

Curriculum Links

Learning Areas Capabilities Cross Curriculum Priority Areas
The Arts

Students learn as artist and as audience
Students learn through making and responding.
The elements of drama
Principle of narrative
Critical and Creative Thinking

Questions and possibilities
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories & cultures

Writing, speaking, listening, reading
The study of texts

Learning about world views
Challenge and contest
Develop ethical capability
Learning about Sustainability
The Humanities

Historical sources as evidence
Cause and effect
Historical significance
Cause and effect

Reflect on and challenge assumptions and stereotypes
Changing attitudes and beliefs
Personal and Social

Recognition and expression of emotions
Appreciation of diversity
Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)
Drama Unit 1: Dramatic Story Telling
Drama Unit 3: Devised non-naturalistic ensemble performance
History Units 3 & 4: Australian History
Indigenous Languages of Victoria: Revival and Reclamation
Extended Investigation
Creative and Digital Media

Themes and Ideas

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures
  • Australian History
  • Identity
  • Country and place
  • Reconciliation

Teacher Resources

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About the facilitator

Kamarra Bell-Wykes, Creative Director ILBIJERRI Theatre Company

Kamarra Bell-Wykes is a descendent of the Yagera and Butchulla people of South-East Queensland. In 2012 Kamarra graduated from the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education with a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning and was awarded an honour in Recognising and Responding to Diversity in the Classroom. Kamarra then worked as a teacher and youth worker in a number of communities in the Northern Territory. In 2014 she joined ILBIJERRI Theatre Company in the role of Education and Learning Manager, under which she developed the MARGUK Education and Learning program from the ground up, delivering innovative educational opportunities to schools, First Nations communities and the arts sector through drama and theatre.

For the last 20 years Kamarra has worked as a playwright, devisor, director and dramaturg, on works including ILBIJERRI’s award winning health-education shows; CHOPPED LIVER, BODY ARMOUR, NORTH WEST OF NOWHERE and VIRAL. Combined these plays have toured over 15 years and have been seen by more than 50 000 people across Australia in schools, prisons and community audiences. Kamarra was recently appointed to the role of ILBIJERRI’s Creative Director, in which she directs, dramaturges, writes and continues to oversee the MARGUK Education and Learning Program.


ILBIJERRI Theatre Company

ILBIJERRI is one of Australia’s leading theatre companies creating innovative works by First Nations artists. ILBIJERRI’s productions have toured to critical acclaim across Australia and the world. Their works challenge and excite audiences with contemporary stories about what it means to be Indigenous in Australia today. Established in 1990 ILBIJERRI is the longest running First Nations theatre company in Australia. Their creative processes aim to support First Nations artists and communities to have a powerful voice in determining the future of Australia.

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