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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 (Audio Described) 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.

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, Nakkiah Lui, Geoff Morrell, Melodie Reynolds-Diarra, Shari Sebbens, Tom Stokes, Anthony Taufa

Production photos Prudence Upton

Photographer Rene Vaile    

2018 Tour REviews

If you want to see contemporary Australian society laid bare in the most hilarious way, book now for f#!*$’s sake.” The Courier-Mail Review

Read full review here The Courier-Mail REVIEW (QLD – Phil Brown) 5 February 2018

The critics response…

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

“With pitch-perfect performances all round, it’s a thought-provoking, joyously entertaining comedy.” ★★★★ The Daily Telegraph

“A wonderfully quick-witted, sharp-as-a-tack Australian Rom Com with a lot of heart that keeps the audience laughing – or gasping – all the way.” ★★★★½ Limelight

“Deliciously funny.” The Australian

“Big social issues with a whole heap of goofball.” The Guardian

The audience response…

“Get along to this new australian work @Sydneytheatreco … its a wonderful night in the theatre!” Marta Dusseldorp, via Twitter

“Standing ovation for opening night. Utterly perfect cast and a champagne script — it’s Australia’s Meet the Fockers in the best possible way.” Benjamin Law, via Twitter

“Just saw @nakkiahlui’s Black is the New White at @Sydneytheatreco. Just quietly: It is INSANELY good.” Alex, via Twitter

“Go see this play, it’s hilarious, insightful, downright entertaining and worth a night off Netflix @nakkiahlui @SydneyTheatreCo #theatre” Danielle, via Twitter

“This is the funniest thing I’ve seen in such a long time. To the amazing cast, director, writer and crew… BRAVO.” Melissa, via Facebook


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