Following sell-out seasons in Sydney and Brisbane, Nakkiah Lui’s Black is the New White arrives in Melbourne starring Miranda Tapsell alongside Tony Briggs, Luke Carroll, Vanessa Downing, Geoff Morrell, Tuuli Narkle, Melodie Reynolds-Diarra, Tom Stokes and Anthony Taufa.

Directed by Paige Rattray and opening on Saturday 5 October at Southbank Theatre, this hit Australian satire is a layer cake of politics, privilege and parental expectation.

Nakkiah Lui said, ‘I wanted to present a family of Aboriginal people that hasn’t been seen before in the Australian canon – not just in theatre, but in any form. That is, an Aboriginal family who have money, who are not oppressed but who are culturally quite strong. For me, that is quite similar to what I grew up with – a regular family who were political and culturally connected to their community.’

After a whirlwind romance, hotshot lawyer Charlotte Gibson and penniless experimental cellist Francis Smith are engaged. Only one thing stands in their way – Charlotte is the favourite daughter of Australia’s most charismatic Indigenous politician, and Francis the son of his stridently conservative rival. When the families come together for Christmas at the Gibson’s ritzy holiday retreat, the stage is set for a riotously funny struggle for dominance where insults fly, secrets come flooding out and sacred cows are mercilessly skewered.

Black is the New White is a Sydney Theatre Company production presented by MTC in association with the Melbourne International Arts Festival.

October 2 – November 6


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