Munarra is a black woman, thrown from the skies into the Dreaming so that she may heal her land, the mighty river Dhungula and her people. In the present day, the Yorta Yorta people are in court, fighting for a right to their land. Yanagai! Yanagai! Is a war cry, the first recorded Yorta Yorta words spoken to the white men who went onto their land uninvited. As a piece of theatre it is a celebration of Yorta Yorta stories and song. Some of the stories are told so that they may be remembered; others are told in the hope that they never occur again. (3 male, 2 female).
Andrea James, a graduate of La Trobe University and the Victorian College of the Arts. She co-directed Crowfire for Playbox's Blak Inside season, and Magpie for Melbourne Workers Theatre. She recognises theatre as a place where oppressed people and classes can find unity, strength, power, expression and language. Theatre is about the only place in today's society where she can hear and speak the language of her father's peoplethe Yorta Yorta. James is of Aboriginal and Polish descent.