first on the ladder


First on the Ladder is a collaborative project partnering Beyond Empathy and Polyglot Theatre, with Aboriginal sports clubs Rumbalara Football Netball Club (Shepparton, VIC) and the Moree Boomerangs RLFC (Moree, NSW). The project joins art-making with sport in order to celebrate and elevate community pride and connectedness to create high quality artworks and a cross-regional cultural exchange. Commencing in 2016, the project draws on the strong traditions and great affection for the sporting clubs of these two towns to engage Aboriginal children and their communities in zine-making, radio broadcasting, street art, animation and music. Participants involved have developed new skills through theatre and arts activities, gaining confidence and new connections and friends. The public outcomes of this project, including paste ups of players throughout the town centres, and the introduction of radio stations Rumba Radio and BBC (Boomerangs Broadcasting Corporation), have contributed to broader community and team pride in Shepparton and Moree.




Moree + Shepparton