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Spinifex Gum

Spinifex Gum

Haunting choral harmony that transcends time and place.

Thurs 4 July – 7.30 pm
Theatre Royal
From $39
Early bird tickets are now sold out

Part protest, part celebration, Spinifex Gum is an Australian festival show created by Felix Riebl of The Cat Empire. Created in close collaboration with Michael Woodley, Chief Executive Officer of the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation, Riebl crafted this production, interweaving Woodley’s poignant texts throughout. Led by conductor Lyn Williams, Marliya is an all-female ensemble of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait singers. The music is composed and arranged by Felix Riebl and Ollie McGill, and the choreography is by acclaimed First Nations artist Deborah Brown. Notable collaborations with artists like Emma Donovan, Briggs, and Peter Garrett further amplify Spinifex Gum’s impact, fostering dialogue on Indigenous rights and reconciliation. 

Spinifex Gum confronts challenging political and environmental issues in contemporary Australia: social disparity in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, land rights, disproportionate incarceration and deaths in custody. Marliya sing in both English and First Nations languages, primarily Yindjibarndi, disarming and inspiring their audiences in a way that no individual voice can.    

Since its premiere in Adelaide in 2018, Spinifex Gum has been performed at every major Australian arts festival. Equally at home in the concert hall and on the festival stage, the show has received repeat invitations to BluesFest Byron Bay and the Woodford Folk Festivals. 

The haunting choral harmony that breaks the dark night, ethereal and resonant, wields the power to silence the audience and, seemingly, to transcend time and place. – The Sydney Morning Herald 

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Booking fee

  • For bookings with a total value of $15 or less, a booking fee of $3 will be added upon check-out.
  • For bookings with a total value between $15.01 and $199.99, a booking fee of $5 will be added upon
  • For bookings with a total value of $200 or more, a booking fee of $10 will be added upon check-out.



VENUE: Theatre Royal

Getting to the venue 

  • The Theatre Royal is at 27-29 Campbell St, Hobart TAS 7000 
  • Drop off car spaces are available at the entrance to the Theatre Royal on Collins Street. 
  • 2 accessible parking spaces are available outside the Theatre Royal on Collins Street (1 hour time limit applies)
  • Please follow this link to experience a virtual tour of the venue. 


Assistive listening 

The Theatre Royal is equipped with an Assisted Hearing Service that offers amplified sound through dedicated headphones or using a neckloop that interacts with modern hearing aid devices. This equipment can be collected, complimentary, from the Box Office. There are a limited number of these units and bookings are essential. Please contact the Theatre Royal Box Office – 03 6146 3300 to discuss your needs and reserve a device for your attendance and the team will ensure that the equipment is ready for your collection on arrival. 

Guide dogs / registered assistance animals welcome

Wheelchair accessibility

  • For wheelchair bookings please contact the Theatre Royal Box office on (03) 6146 3300 (9am to 5pm) with specifications and dimensions of the wheelchair and any additional user requirements, or email them on [email protected].
  • Lift access is available from the main foyer entrance reaching all building levels including the box office, Main Stage Stalls, Dress Circle and Gallery. 
  • Accessible bathrooms are available on every level of the Theatre Royal building. 


Marliya was formed from members of the Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir, based in Cairns, to perform Spinifex Gum by Felix Riebl. Currently the members are aged 11 – 22. Led by conductor Lyn Williams, Marliya have performed Spinifex Gum all across Australia, from Roebourne in the Pilbara to the Sydney, Adelaide and Perth Festival, Womadelaide and the Garma Festival. Marliya’s recent performances of Spinifex Gum have included the Woodford Folk Festival, the opening of Adelaide Festival with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, BluesFest Byron Bay in 2023 and with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in the Sydney Opera House.

Marliya has released three albums – Spinifex Gum (2017), Sisters (2019) and most recently Ganalili (2023). Marliya members take on solo roles within performances, the older members teach and mentor their younger sisters and several have contributed text and composition to the group’s latest album.

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