City of Gold

Meyne Wyatt’s electrifying, semi-autobiographical family drama is Australian theatre at its very finest.

7 May - 11 Jun 2022

Wharf Theatre 1

The Play


by Meyne Wyatt
Directed by Shari Sebbens

“Being Black and successful comes at a cost.”

Following a breathtaking performance on ABC’s Q&A that went viral around the world, writer and performer Meyne Wyatt brings his acclaimed play to Sydney Theatre Company in an electrifying new production.

Breythe is slogging it out on the East Coast, building an acting career and trying to balance the road to success with honouring his heritage as a Wongutha-Yamatji man. When he’s called back to Kalgoorlie to mourn his father’s tragic death, he discovers a family reeling in pain and anger and a home he feels increasingly estranged from.

Inspired in part by his own experiences and amplified by his acerbic sense of humour, Meyne Wyatt has written a brutal, nuanced and moving portrayal of one family desperately working to break cycles of discrimination and a gripping piece of First Nations drama.

Directed by STC Resident Director Shari Sebbens (The 7 Stages of Grieving) and starring Wyatt himself along with Mathew Cooper, St John Cowcher, Simone Detourbet, Ian Michael, Myles Pollard and Trevor Ryan, City of Gold is a gripping and innovative mixture of uninhibited truth-telling, social satire, and heartbreaking realism. This is Australian theatre at its very finest

Approx. duration 2hrs 10mins (including interval). Subject to change. More info.
Content Coarse language, racial slurs, violence, adult themes, intergenerational trauma, herbal cigarettes. Subject to change. More info.

We understand the themes may be triggering for some First Nations people. If you have concerns about the content of the play we encourage you to contact our Box Office.

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Suitable for Years

Drama Stage 6

  • Dramatic Forms and Performance Styles: Aboriginal Performance
  • Individual Project: Monologues

Cross Curriculum Priority

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures

Themes & Ideas

  • Black deaths in custody
  • Police brutality
  • Stereotypes
  • Family and cultural connections

Wed 25 May, 11.30am

Term 2 
7 May - 11 Jun

Approx. duration 2hrs 10mins (including interval). Subject to change. More info

1 teacher attends free with up to 20 students and 1 teacher free per 20 students after that
$35/additional teacher
$15/PSFP student

Director Shari Sebbens
Designer Tyler Hill
Lighting Designer Verity Hampson
Video Designer Michael Carmody
Composer & Sound Designer Rachael Dease
Design Consultant Zoë Atkinson
Assistant Director Daley Rangi

Mathew Cooper, St John Cowcher, Simone Detourbet, Ian Michael, Myles Pollard, Trevor Ryan, Meyne Wyatt

Marketing image Rene Vaile

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