PYT | Fairfield and the Parramatta Female Factory Precinct Memory Project (PFFPMP) will forge a pioneering new partnership to explore the Australian experience of institutions for women and young people.

WOMEN OF PARRAMATTA is about place. It is an activation of sites of conscience connecting Forgotten Australians, Stolen Generations, refugee and asylum seeker communities across Western Sydney. This partnership presents a series of performance evenings, cultural and community events and major works, transforming a former institution into a women’s gathering place. WOMEN OF PARRAMATTA will be developing leading practices of memory, care, cultural and social healing.

Collaborating Partners Darug Tribal Aboriginal Corporation, Darug Custodian Aboriginal Corporation, Parents Café, STARTTS, Parramatta Mission.



Burra Matta women meet Baghdad women in a cultural exchange discussing ancient practices in creative women’s healing spaces.


A site responsive work featuring the PYT Ensemble on young people’s experience of Australian institutions.


The Parents Cafe will collaborate with the PFFPMP to assist in the development of a community garden and social enterprise on site.


A new solo performance work by Karen Therese exploring the intergenerational impact of institutionalisation on three generations of women.

Part mystery, part documentary, part forensic investigation, Sleeplessness maps a remarkable Australian story. It explores a fractured matrilineal history that spans time and place, interrogating the experiences of three generations of women from 1920’s Budapest to Western Sydney today. The discovery of official documents led to an investigation to uncover an unimaginable nightmare revealing the impact of migration and institutionalisation on families.

Sleeplessness explores the fragmented story of buried memories, a search for truths within the bodies of women, bodies that bear witness to history, that have been disrupted by institutional intervention, that have had identities erased. It speaks of the experiences and implications of war, homelessness, trauma and the Forgotten Australians, including the Royal Commission into Institutional Care interrogating the mechanisms of power whilst asserting women’s agency.


The development of WOMEN OF PARRAMATTA is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.