City of Gold

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

7 May - 10 Jun 2022

Wharf Theatre 1

The Play

★★★★ (SMH) ★★★★ (Time Out) ★★★★★ (The West Australian) ★★★★½ (Limelight)

CITY OF GOLD

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.

If you or someone you know needs information or support, these organisations are there to help; Beyond BlueLifelineHeadspaceWellMobDardi Munwurro and Babana.


VIVID SYDNEY FESTIVAL

Please be aware that several performances of this production coincide with Vivid Sydney Festival. Please check your performance date and, if affected, please plan your trip and allow additional travel time to reach the theatre. More info.


VISITOR SAFETY INFORMATION

This production will proceed at 100% capacity. The safety of our audiences, artists and staff is of paramount importance. We’ve implemented extensive safety and hygiene measures which are regularly updated in line with NSW Government guidelines. This is an evolving situation and our COVID-19 safety protocols are subject to change. Please check the most up-to-date Visitor Safety Measures prior to your visit.


TICKET INFORMATION

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Season Ticket prices
Saturday evening A Reserve $93
Adult A Reserve $89
Seniors cardholder $84
Pensioner/Student $67
Under 30 $48
Preview $48

Mini Package prices
Mon – Thu performances
Adult A Reserve $94
Adult B Reserve $89
Seniors cardholder $89
Pensioner/Student $71
Under 30 $51

Friday & Saturday performances
A Reserve $98
B Reserve $94

Preview performances
All tickets $51

Single tickets
Mon – Thu performances
Adult A Reserve $99
Adult B Reserve $94
Seniors card holder $94
Concession $75
Under 30 $54
Restricted View $49

Fri & Sat performances
A Reserve $104
B Reserve $99
Restricted View $52

Preview performances
All tickets $54
Restricted View $35

Transaction fees may apply
Season Ticket & Mini Package bookings: no fees
Single ticket bookings: $8.50 online; $8 telephone; $0 Box Office counter

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

DATES

Previews 7 – 11 May 2022
Season 13 May – 11 Jun 2022

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

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


VIVID SYDNEY FESTIVAL

Please be aware that several performances of this production coincide with Vivid Sydney Festival. Please check your performance date and, if affected, please plan your trip and allow additional travel time to reach the theatre. More info.


TICKET INFORMATION

Season Ticket prices
Saturday evening A Reserve $93
Adult A Reserve $89
Seniors cardholder $84
Pensioner/Student $67
Under 30 $48
Preview $48

Book an Act 2 ticket package of 2 or more plays to save on tickets, pay no fees and more.

Book-now-button-200x40

Single tickets to this play are on sale now.

Mini Package prices
Mon – Thu performances
Adult A Reserve $94
Adult B Reserve $89
Seniors cardholder $89
Pensioner/Student $71
Under 30 $51

Friday & Saturday performances
A Reserve $98
B Reserve $94

Preview performances
All tickets $51

Single tickets
Mon – Thu performances
Adult A Reserve $99
Adult B Reserve $94
Seniors card holder $94
Concession $75
Under 30 $54
Restricted View $49

Fri & Sat performances
A Reserve $104
B Reserve $99
Restricted View $52

Preview performances
All tickets $54
Restricted View $35

Transaction fees may apply
Season Ticket & Mini Package bookings: no fees
Single ticket bookings: $8.50 online; $8 telephone; $0 Box Office counter

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

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. More info.

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


ACCESS PERFORMANCES

Captioned Performances
Tue 31 May, 6.30pm

Audio Described Performances
Tue 24 May, 6.30pm

Auslan-Interpreted Performances
Thu 9 Jun, 7.30pm


SCHOOLS PERFORMANCES

Wed 25 May, 11.30am
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COMMUNITY PERFORMANCE

Sydney Theatre Company invites Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and community groups to join us for a free community performance of City of Gold. More info.

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

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

Marketing image Rene Vaile

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 2 May, 6.15pm
Wharf 2 Theatre

Night with the Artists
Mon 23 May, post-show
Mon 30 May, post-show

For the Sydney season

★★★★ Sydney Morning Herald

★★★★ "A masterful feat of storytelling" Time Out

★★★★ 1/2 "superbly acted and directed" ArtsHub 

"Wyatt’s performance…is a searing one" Suzy Goes See

 

For the Perth season

★★★★★ “City of Gold has the ability to become one of the most memorable Blak plays ever performed.” The West Australian

★★★★1/2 "Writer and actor Wyatt has created a play that resonates with power and passion...rapid-fire funny, and simultaneously sad, insightful and thought-provoking.” ArtsHub

★★★★1/2 "Wyatt’s speech is a verbal and gestural tour de force...His passion drives an extraordinary performance” Limelight

“It's everything theatre should be and more. A powerful force of storytelling... It's unrelenting, it's riveting, Meyne Wyatt is breathtaking.” ABC Perth

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