What: Black is the New White
When: 8pm on 21st to 24th March; and 2pm on 24th March
Where: Riverside Theatres – corner of Church and Market Sts, Parramatta
Tickets: Adult $69, Concession: $64. Discounts available for Riverside Theatres’ Members. Transaction fees: phone $4.60, web $3.60 and counter $2.60.
or from the Box Office (02) 8839 3399
(Following Riverside Theatres, the tour will continue to the Canberra Theatre Centre from 28th to 31st March.)
Sydney Theatre Company’s sold-out, smash hit romantic comedy, Black is the New White will take to the stage at Riverside Theatres from 21st to 24th March.
Black is the New White is by award-winning playwright Nakkiah Lui, a Gamilaroi/Torres Strait Islander woman. A notable personality and talent who grew up in Mt-Druitt, Lui has become a successful actor, playwright, comedian and star of the ABC TV series, Black Comedy. Now, exclusively for the Parramatta and Canberra seasons of the East Coast tour, Lui will take to the stage in one of the leading roles as Rose.
Black is the New White follows the story of Charlotte Gibson, a lawyer with a brilliant career ahead of her. As her father Ray says, she could be the next female Aboriginal version of 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 classical 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, and very Australian story.
Directed by Sydney Theatre Company’s former Richard Wherrett Fellow, Paige Rattray (now Queensland Theatre Company’s Associate Artistic Director), the cast also includes Tony Briggs, Luke Carroll, Geoff Morrell and Shari Sebbens, with set and costumes by former Resident Designer Renée Mulder.
“Generously funny… a bustling, astute and questioning social comedy on identity politics”
★★★★ The Sydney Morning Herald