Black is the New White

5 May — 17 Jun 2017

Wharf 1 Theatre


Limited tickets may be released in-season

Sydney Theatre Company and Allens present
By Nakkiah Lui

World premiere

Guess who’s coming to dinner?

Charlotte Gibson is a lawyer on the up. She won a landmark Native Title case, she’s making her parents proud, she could have her own TV show tomorrow. 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, has the whitest name in the world and is an unemployed experimental classical composer. This is not what her family expected.

In this deliciously funny romantic comedy, newly commissioned by STC, writer Nakkiah Lui shows why she is one of this country’s most in-demand young voices. A writer and star of Black Comedy on ABC, a fearless columnist and an award-winning playwright, Lui writes cutting satire that is both seductively subversive and thoroughly delightful.

Paige Rattray (Boys will be boys) directs a wonderful ensemble, featuring Tony Briggs (ABC TV’s Cleverman), Luke Carroll (The Hanging), Geoff Morrell (Vere Faith) Shari Sebbens (Battle of Waterloo) and Anthony Taufa (The Golden Age).

“Have you ever thought about what life would have been like if you made the opposite decision to every one you’ve ever made?”

Duration 1hr 30mins (no interval)
Content warning Adult themes, strong language, nudity and drug use

Supported by The Donor Syndicate


Black is the New White was commissioned with the support of the Malcolm Robertson Foundation.

Pricing information

Season Ticket prices
Pick 6 or more plays to create your Season Ticket package. More info.

Saturday evening A Reserve $79
Adult A Reserve $75
Concession $60
Seniors cardholder $68
Preview $60
Under 30 $60

Single Tickets
Saturday evening $99
Adult $94
Seniors cardholder $86
Concession $75
Preview $75
Under 30 $75
Groups (10+ people) $79

Transaction fees may apply
Season Ticket bookings (packs of 6 or more plays): no fees
Single ticket bookings: ​$7.50 online; $8 telephone; $0 Box Office counter

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Creative Team