The Score

THE SCORE  is a short play with big energy about footy, friends, dancing, and hook-ups...

Teenagers, Billy, Sam, and the rest of their crew, are ready for a mad night out. They’re all heading to the footy finals after-party to hang out and have fun.  In this story, you’ll meet Aunties, Uncles, tiddas, and brothaboys, who throughout the night will have some good times and have some big choices to make.

But after a couple of adventures – what happens in the end is up to you, the audience!


THE SCORE is a short play (10 minutes) that could end in all sorts of ways – a choose-your-own-adventure all about friends, dancing, and hook-ups.  Everyone is welcome to come for a feed, watch the show, and stay for a yarn after, to give their ideas about it all.  

After the show, the ILBIJERRI crew will run some theatre games and workshops for young people who wanna get involved.


ILBIJERRI is currently looking for new partners to present THE SCORE. If you would like to bring this project to your Community or support ILBIJERRI to share this model across the state and country, please get in touch with Laura at [email protected]

Healing Stories two-day Symposium
Thursday 21 March 9am to 5pm
Friday 22 March 9am to 3pm

Space 28, Performing Arts Building,
Dodds Street, Victorian College of the Arts,
Southbank, Melbourne

Waged/Professional $55
Unwaged/Student/Artist/Community Member $25


THE SCORE is a high energy 10-minute play that could end in all sorts of ways – a choose-your-own-adventure all about friends, dancing, hook-ups, and sexual health.
The ending is up to you. Find out more about this unique model of theatre-making here.
This film has been made in collaboration with VCA.


This unique theatre model begins with a Kick-Off performance of THE SCORE, a 10-minute, high-energy play that features strong representations of mob we all know and love (Aunties, Uncles, Brotha-Boys and Sista-Girls), in a world of full of excitement and some pretty common challenges, set at the scene of a football grand final after-party. 

After the Kick Off Performance community (aged 14-25 years) will be invited to join the project as story advisors, performers, behind the scenes and community champions, with free theatre workshops in the same week. They will work alongside the ILBIJERRI crew to develop skills in making theatre and talking about sexual health and relationships. 

Together the team will build scenes and characters to create a Grand Final Performance for the whole Community to watch at the end of the week. Bring your family, friends and all the mob along to this one!


The Score has been developed with actors based in Melbourne - as well as with Wemba Wemba, Wotjobaluk, Gunditjmara, Ngarrindjeri, Badu, Yorta Yorta, Wiradjuri, Birri Gubba Birriah, Merium Mur and Bunuba Peoples to strengthen Community connections. Through this, we've been able to make works that help break the stigma and shame talking about sexual health and healthy relationships. Giving the opportunity to skill-up in theatre-making, through free workshops to create new scenes, characters and storylines for THE SCORE. 



The ‘kick-off’ performance of The Score: “A short play with big energy
about footy, friends, dancing and hookups” (Ilbijerri n.d.) follows the adventures of
two protagonists, Sam and Billy, as they navigate the after party of the local football
carnival. Running for only seven minutes, the play is facilitated by the ‘Coach’ who
acts as an intermediary between the action on stage and the audience, facilitating
dialogue around the issues raised. The kick-off performance acts as a hook to draw in
young people so that they then hopefully sign up for the residency that follows.


A workshop residency that invites young people in the community to
unpack the issues surfaced by the kick-off performance through yarning, drama, and
experiential methods. Through the residency, young people are also rehearsed into the
The Score and invited to contribute their own characters, perspectives, and approaches
to the performance. Some of this work takes place through a culturally safe frame of
gendered yarning circles, where men’s business, women’s business, and ‘rainbow’ (or
gender diverse) business can be discussed in a closed circle before returning to the
whole group.


A ‘grand final’ performance where the young participants perform The
Score alongside the ensemble to an audience of invited friends, family, and
community members. This is again facilitated by the Coach, who invites responses
from the audience around the barriers and enablers to sexual health in their


Members of the team and ensemble train up local professionals in health
and social care to use the theatre-based and experiential methods featured in the
model and adapt them for their own needs and purposes.


ILBIJERRI’s participatory theatre model pushes our social impact work further by centering the work on participants’ stories and experiences, giving community members ownership over material being explored, and agency in discovering culturally safe ways to reduce stigma and address health. Our methodology privileges Indigenous knowledges and cultural values, emphasising the cultural determinants of health in addressing best practice in public health.

ILBIJERRI is working closely with The University of Melbourne Dean’s Research Fellow (Dr Sarah Woodland) and the Centre for Excellence in Rural Sexual Health to track our progress. Dr Woodland’s research addresses gaps in evidence, program design, and research evaluation methodologies for effective health promotion and education among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia. This research partnership has the capacity to inform current strategies being developed at Federal and State level for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, with potential to influence public health and related policy settings.

This project is supported by the Victorian Government through the Department of Health.

So far, The Score script has been developed with actors based in Melbourne - as well as with Wemba Wemba, Wotjobaluk, Gunditjmara, Ngarrindjeri, Badu, Yorta Yorta, Wiradjuri, Birri Gubba Birriah, Merium Mur and Bunuba Peoples to strengthen local community connections.


Program Designers
Kamarra Bell-Wykes,
Stefo Nantsou (Zeal Theatre)
Sarah Woodland (University of Melbourne).

Devised by Bayden Clayton, Lisa Maza, Zerene Jaadwa, Jerrika Pevitt, Bala Neba, and Axel Garay. With contributions from Richard Barber and Pongjit Saphakhun (Free Theatre)

Producer Laura Harris

Associate Producer Theodore Cassady

2023 Ensemble
Miela Anich, Della Bedford, Zach Blampied, Zerene Jaadwa, Matisse Knight, Kimmie Lovegrove, Corey Saylor-Brunskill, Taeg Twist, and Zane Webster



Image: Incorporated pattern from original artwork by Natasha Carter of Murrupuk Art


Miela Anich, Nazaree Dickerson Nicola Ingram, Zerene Jaadwa, Corey Saylor-Brunskill, and Zane Webster

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