Black is the New White
28 Feb — 10 Mar 2018
Roslyn Packer Theatre
★★★★ The Sydney Morning Herald
★★★★ The Daily Telegraph
Sydney Theatre Company presents
BLACK IS THE NEW WHITE
By Nakkiah Lui
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.
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Saturday evening A Reserve $86
Adult A Reserve $82
Seniors cardholder $74
Under 30 $64
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Saturday evening A Reserve $108
Saturday evening B Reserve $98
Adult A Reserve $103
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Seniors cardholder $93
Under 30 $81
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