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Black Is The New White


Riverside Theatre


21 March - 24 March 2018

Event Type

Live Event

Riverside Theatres in association with Sydney Theatre Company presents
A Sydney Theatre Company production
By Nakkiah Lui

Love, politics and other things you shouldn’t talk about at dinner

Sydney Theatre Company’s sold-out, smash hit, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy of 2017 returns bigger, better and blacker than ever!

At the centre of this production is Charlotte Gibson, a lawyer with a brilliant career ahead of her. As her father Ray says, she could be the next female Indigenous Waleed Aly.  But she has other ideas. First of all, it’s Christmas. Second of all, she’s in love.  The thing is, her fiancé, Francis Smith, is not what her family expected – he’s unemployed, he’s an experimental composer… and he’s white! Inviting him and his conservative parents to Christmas is a bold move that has all sorts of unintended consequences.

Secrets are revealed, prejudices outed and old rivalries get sorted through. With a toe-tapping soundtrack and an array of brilliant, eccentric, loveable characters, this is a great night in the theatre and a thoroughly beguiling, very Australian story from award-winning playwright Nakkiah Lui.

“Generously funny… a bustling, astute and questioning social comedy on identity politics” ★★★★ The Sydney Morning Herald

Dates & Times:
Wednesday 21 March at 8pm
Thursday 22 March at 8pm
Friday 23 March at 8pm
Saturday 24 March at 2pm and 8pm

Originally commissioned by Sydney Theatre Company with the support of the Malcolm Robertson Foundation.
Original production supported by the STC Donor Syndicate and Presenting Partner Allens.

Please note this production contains – Adult themes, strong language, nudity, drug use.

Tickets are on-sale only for Riverside Members until the 22nd November. Members must log in to book.



Written by Nakkiah Lui Director Paige Rattray Designer Renée Mulder Lighting Designer Ben Hughes Composer & Sound Designer Steve Toulmin Assistant Director Julia Patey Voice & Text Coach Charmian Gradwell Cast Tony Briggs, Luke Carroll, Vanessa Downing, Melodie Reynolds-Diarra, Shari Sebbens, Tom Stokes, Anthony Taufa Photographer Rene Vaile.    

Ticket Options

Adult $69
Concession $64
Groups 10+ $64
30&Under $54
Member - Adult $62
Member - Concession $57
Transaction fees apply
Phone $4.60
Web $3.60
Counter $2.60
Screen $1.65
School Bookings $3.30

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