The Great Southern is set enjoy four touring theatre performances over the coming year thanks to the Playing WA program. Five WA theatre companies including Yirra Yaakin have received funding from the State Government’s regional arts and cultural investment program to enable them to tour regional WA. Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company will be bringing its production Dating Black to country audiences. The play explores themes of dating, love, adulthood and culture and is the debut work of Yamatji-Noongar woman Narelle Thorne. Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman said he was excited the companies would be hitting the road for rural performances. “Access to cultural and arts experiences is an important part of supporting vibrant and connected communities and we also know that the arts make people feel good,” Mr Templeman said. “This important funding program ensures our high-calibre creative productions are shared with a broader audience which, in turn, inspires creativity throughout the regions.” Other works coming to the Great Southern include Marano Wangai’s Black Brass and Sydney II: Lost and Found. Dating Black will be performed at the Albany Entertainment Centre on April 20 at 7.30pm.