Black Cockatoo

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Black Cockatoo

Venue Lennox Theatre
Dates 18 February - 22 February 2020
Category Live Event

Riverside presents
An Ensemble Theatre Production
BLACK COCKATOO
Written by Geoffrey Atherden
Directed by Wesley Enoch


In 1868, 13 Aboriginal men from country Victoria became the first Australian cricket team to tour England.

Starring Australia’s first Indigenous sporting hero Unaarrimin, AKA Johnny Mullagh, they represented a nation in waiting that wouldn’t recognise their rights – or even their humanity – for another century.

Written by iconic screenwriter Geoffrey Atherden (Mother and SonBabaKiueria) with award-winning director Wesley Enoch (Black Diggers, Sydney Festival 2014), Black Cockatoo begins in the present day with a group of young activists breaking into a museum to expose the truth of what happened to Johnny and his mates. A story of triumph and tragedy unfolds, spanning from the wild frontiers of western Victoria to the upper-class home of cricket, Lord’s.

Directed by Enoch and starring Luke Carroll, Joseph Althouse, Chenoa Deemal, Aaron McGrath, Colin Smith and Dubs Yunupiŋgu, this funny and moving play is about more than sport – it’s a story of resilience, resistance and inspiration.

Recommended for ages 12+

Please note, water based haze will be used in this performance.
Content Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander audiences are advised that this show contains depictions of people who have died.


This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australian Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

Playwright
Geoffrey Atherden

Director
Wesley Enoch (Noonuccal Nuugi)

Cultural Consultant
Uncle Richard Kennedy (Wotjobaluk traditional owner and descendant of First XI team member, Dik-a-dik)

Associate Director
Yolande Brown (Bidjara Clan of Kunja Nation)

Set and Costume Designer
Richard Roberts

Lighting Designer
Trent Suidgeest

Associate Lighting Designer
Shiloh Jarrett (Gumbyngirr/Anmatjere)

Composer and Sound Designer
Steve Francis

Dramaturg
Jane Fitzgerald

Stage Manager
Natalie Moir

Assistant Stage Manager

Vanessa Martin

Hero Image
Christian Trinder

Performers
Joseph Althouse
Luke Carroll
Chenoa Deemal
Aaron McGrath
Colin Smith
Dubs Yunupingu

Sound Design Intern
Tim Gray

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Black Cockatoo

Directed by Wesley Enoch and starring Luke Carroll, Joseph Althouse, Chenoa Deemal, Aaron McGrath, Colin Smith and Dubs Yunupiŋgu, this funny and moving play is about more than sport – it’s a story of resilience, resistance and inspiration.

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