Blackie Blackie Brown

Two actors, countless murders, heart-pumping animations and a brand new Aboriginal superhero.

12 May - 30 Jun 2018

Wharf 2 Theatre

The Play

★★★★½ Limelight ★★★★½ Daily Review
★★★★ Time Out ★★★★ Sydney Morning Herald
★★★★ The Guardian

Sydney Theatre Company presents
A Sydney Theatre Company and Malthouse Theatre production

BLACKIE BLACKIE BROWN:
THE TRADITIONAL OWNER OF DEATH

By Nakkiah Lui

World premiere

Introducing Australia’s new superhero!

Blackie Blackie Brown is a wild, twisted, hilarious origin story by provocative social commentator Nakkiah Lui. Add a mystical quest, blood-curdling vengeance and a dose of potent political venom, and a new superhero is born.

Somewhere in the Australian bush, mild-mannered archaeologist Dr Jacqueline Black uncovers a mass grave. She picks up a skull and is over-powered by the spirit of her great-great-grandmother… BAM! Blackie Blackie Brown has arrived and she is a cold-blooded vigilante.

Her mission: kill all the descendants of the men who massacred her ancestors. White people, watch out. This isn’t about forgiveness. And it’s not about reconciliation.

High-octane stage action is seamlessly mixed with heart-pumping visuals based on illustrations by Emily Johnson and animations by VFX gurus Oh Yeah Wow. Director Declan Greene (Calpurnia Descending) and designer Elizabeth Gadsby (Cloud Nine) take us on an outrageous, somewhat blood-soaked, ride.

With break-out newcomer Megan Wilding in the title role, and the ever-hilarious Ash Flanders playing every single white person she needs to kill, you’ll be laughing out loud one second, squirming in your seat the next. 

"Your white meat is DONE, motherf***er."
Blackie Blackie Brown

Duration 1hr 30mins (no interval)
Content warning Strong language, adult themes, violent themes and imagery, strobe lighting. Parental discretion advised.

The creative development of Blackie Blackie Brown was produced by Performing Lines with support from ACMI, the Australia Council for the Arts and Create NSW.


Ticket information

Single ticket prices
Saturday evening $60
Adult $60
Under 30 $40
Seniors cardholder $60
Concession $60
Preview $54
Group bookings (10+ people) $51

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
$7.50 online; $8 telephone; $0 Box Office counter

Dates

Previews 12 May 2018 – 16 May 2018
Season 18 May 2018 – 30 Jun 2018

Performance start times
Preview performances 7.30pm
In-season evening performances Mon – Sat 7.30pm
Matinee performances Wed & Sat 1.30pm

Duration 1hr 30mins (no interval)


Pricing and ticket information

Single tickets

Saturday evening $60
Adult $60
Under 30 $40
Seniors cardholder $60
Concession $60
Preview $54
Group bookings (10+ people) $51

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.

Saturday evening A Reserve $48
Adult A Reserve $48
Concession $48
Seniors cardholder $48
Preview $39
Under 30 $39

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 seller for this event is Sydney Theatre Company. 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.

Director Declan Greene
Designer Elizabeth Gadsby
Animation and Video Oh Yeah Wow
Lighting & Projection Designer Verity Hampson
Composer & Sound Designer Steve Toulmin
Foley Artist and Assistant Sound Design Nate Edmondson
Concept Artist Emily Johnson
Fight Director Nigel Poulton 

With
Ash Flanders, Megan Wilding

Marketing photo Cybele Malinowski
Illustration Emily Johnson 
Production photos Daniel Boud

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.

Insight Events

We offer a range of free and ticketed events designed to give you further insight into our plays. Find out more about our Insight Events.

Pre-season Briefing
Mon 7 May 7pm
Richard Wherrett Studio
FREE. Book tickets.

Night with the Actors
Mon 28 May post-show
Mon 4 Jun post-show

★★★★ “One of the funniest comedies written for the Australian stage in years.” Time Out

★★★★ "Compelling drama and crime-thriller suspense … sensational animations." The Sydney Morning Herald

★★★★½ “Nakkiah Lui's ferocious new comedy will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.” Limelight

★★★★½ “A bloody romp that gleefully steals from the cartoon and the camp as well as the classical.” Daily Review

“One of the wonders of this work … is that it pivots improbably smoothly from outrageous hilarity to heartrending pain and injustice in a kind of one-two move that hits you in the gut.” Limelight

“Jacqueline is played with a brilliant mixture of humour and feistiness by Megan Wilding.” The Australian

“The laughter that Blackie Blackie Brown delivers, is relentless and uproarious” Suzy Goes See

“Megan Wilding is a mesmerising leading lady, effortlessly alternating between the earnest vulnerability of Dr Brown and her alter ego Blackie Blackie Brown’s extravagant vivacity … In accompaniment is the high camp stylings of Ash Flanders, equally endearing in a range of screwball guises, each one hilarious and wonderfully inventive.” Suzy Goes See

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