Black is the New White

This smash-hit, provocative and laugh-out-loud Aussie rom-com will have you dancing in your seat – back for a limited encore season.

ROSLYN PACKER THEATRE

The Play

SEASON CLOSED


★★★★ The Sydney Morning Herald
★★★★ The Daily Telegraph
★★★★½ Limelight

Sydney Theatre Company presents

BLACK IS THE NEW WHITE

By Nakkiah Lui

Return season

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

The sold-out, smash hit, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy of 2017 returns bigger, better and blacker than ever!

All the characters you fell in love with are back. At the centre 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! Bringing him and his conservative parents to meet her family on their ancestral land is a bold move. Will he stand up to the scrutiny? Or will this romance descend into farce?

Love is never just black and white. It’s complicated by class, politics, ambition, and too much wine over dinner. But for Charlotte and Francis, it's mostly complicated by family. Secrets are revealed, prejudices outed and old rivalries get sorted through. What can’t be solved through diplomacy can surely be solved by a good old-fashioned dance-off. They’re just that kind of family.

This incisive comedy commissioned by STC was a huge hit last year. Award-winning writer Nakkiah Lui shows why she is one of this country’s most in-demand young voices, delivering cutting satire that is both seductively subversive and thoroughly delightful. 

Paige Rattray directs a wonderful ensemble, featuring Tony Briggs, Luke Carroll, Vanessa Downing, Geoff Morrell, Melodie Reynolds-Diarra, Shari Sebbens, Tom Stokes, Miranda Tapsell and Anthony Taufa.

With a toe-tapping soundtrack and an array of brilliant, eccentric, loveable characters, this is a great night in the theatre and a beguiling, very Australian story.

Don’t miss this short return season before it heads out on tour!

Duration 2hrs 30mins (including interval)
Content Adult themes, strong language, nudity, drug use

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.


Ticket information

2018 Season Tickets (packs of 6 or more plays)

Save at least 20% on full price single tickets, access the best available seats and get a lot of exclusive benefits all year. More info and bookings.

Season Ticket prices
Saturday evening A Reserve $86
Adult A Reserve $82
Concession $65
Seniors cardholder $74
Preview $64
Under 30 $64

Single tickets

Single ticket prices
Saturday evening A Reserve $108
Saturday evening B Reserve $98
Adult A Reserve $103
Adult B Reserve $93
Seniors cardholder $93
Concession $82
Under 30 $81
Preview $81
Group bookings (10+ people) $87

Prices correct at the time of publication and subject to change without notice. Exact prices will be displayed with seat selection.

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

Authorised ticket sellers
The only authorised ticket sellers for this event are Sydney Theatre Company and Roslyn Packer Theatre. Only tickets purchased by authorised agencies should be considered valid and reliable. More info

Dates

Preview 28 Feb 2018 
Season 2 Mar 2018 – 10 Mar 2018

Performance start times
Preview performance 7.30pm
In-season evening performances Mon & Tue 6.30pm; Wed – Sat 7.30pm; 
Matinee performances Wed 1pm; Sat 1.30pm

Duration 2hrs 30mins (including interval)


Tour information

We're thrilled to be taking Black is the New White on tour to the following venues:

Queensland Theatre, Brisbane
1 – 17 Feb
More info

Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Wollongong
21 – 24 Feb
More info

Riverside Theatres Parramatta, Sydney
21 – 24 Mar
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Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra
28 – 31 Mar
More info


Pricing and ticket information

2018 Season Tickets (packs of 6 or more plays)

Save at least 20% on full price single tickets, access the best available seats and get a lot of exclusive benefits all year. More info and bookings.

Season Ticket prices
Saturday evening A Reserve $86
Adult A Reserve $82
Concession $65
Seniors cardholder $74
Preview $64
Under 30 $64

Single tickets

Single ticket prices
Saturday evening A Reserve $108
Saturday evening B Reserve $98
Adult A Reserve $103
Adult B Reserve $93
Seniors cardholder $93
Concession $82
Under 30 $81
Preview $81
Group bookings (10+ people) $87

Prices correct at the time of publication and subject to change without notice. Exact prices will be displayed with seat selection.

Authorised ticket sellers
The only authorised ticket sellers for this event are Sydney Theatre Company and Roslyn Packer Theatre. Only tickets purchased by authorised agencies should be considered valid and reliable. More info

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

Concession, seniors and under 30 tickets
Suitable and valid identification must be provided for collection of tickets and at the venue, such as your concession or proof of age card. Alternatively, you may email a copy of your identification to [email protected]. Please quote your booking reference number.

Access requirements
For specific access requirements, please call Box Office on (02) 9250 1777 to book your seats as they're unable to be booked online.

Director Paige Rattray
Designer Renée Mulder
Lighting Designer Ben Hughes
Composer & Sound Designer Steve Toulmin

With
Tony Briggs, Luke Carroll, Vanessa Downing, Geoff Morrell, Melodie Reynolds-Diarra, Shari Sebbens, Tom Stokes, Miranda Tapsell, Anthony Taufa

Marketing image Rene Vaile
Production photos Prudence Upton

This listing is updated as cast and creatives are confirmed in the lead-up to the production, and if there are any changes to the team. Ensure you have the most up-to-date information about each play by opting in to our enewsletter.

Reviews from the 2018 tour

"Black is The New White, is as funny as it is outrageous." Courier Mail

"Contemporary Australian society laid bare in the most hilarious way." Courier Mail
 

Reviews from the 2017 Sydney season 

"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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