A Sydney Theatre Company production

Black is the New White

By Nakkiah Lui

Sydney Theatre Company's sold-out, smash hit, laugh-out loud romantic comedy comes to Wollongong - and it's bigger, better and blacker than ever!

21 Feb – 24 Feb

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

Sydney Theatre Company’s sold-out, smash hit, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy comes to Wollongong – and it’s bigger, better and blacker than ever!

With a brilliant ensemble cast including Luke Carroll and Shari Sebbens, this is a tale of two opposing houses. At the centre is Charlotte Gibson, a lawyer with a brilliant career ahead of her. As her father 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.

Charlotte’s fiancé is not what her family expected – he’s unemployed, he’s an experimental composer… and he’s white! Inviting him and his conservative parents to Christmas is a bold move that has all sorts of unintended consequences.

Part Romeo & Juliet, part Meet the Fockers, Black is the New White is a delightfully incisive and entertaining rom-com about two families brought together by love and money. With a toetapping soundtrack and an array of eccentric and loveable characters, this is a hilarious, and very Australian play from one of this country’s most in-demand writers.

Recommended for ages 15+. Contains adult themes, strong language and nudity.


"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" - Limelight 

"Deliciously funny" - The Australian 

"Big social issues with a whole heap of goofball" - The Guardian

Free Talking Point
Black is the New White - Merrigong Talking Point
Saturday 24 February, 15 mins after the matinee ends.

Original cast members Anthony Taufa, Melodie Reynolds-Diarra and Shari Sebbens. Photo by Renée Vaile for Sydney Theatre Company

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Venue Information

Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, IMB Theatre


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Cast & Creative Team

Paige Rattray

Renée Mulder

Lighting Designer
Ben Hughes

Composer & Sound Designer
Steve Toulmin

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


Premium: $84
Adult: $72
Pens/Group 8+: $67
Under 30s: $49
Family of 4: $196 (Max 2 Adults)
School Groups 8+: $23

A per transaction fee of $6.95 applies for phone and online bookings.

Performance Times
General Public:
Wed 21 Feb, 7.30pm
Thu 22 Feb, 6.30pm
Fri 23 Feb, 7.30pm
Sat 24 Feb, 1.30pm
Sat 24 Feb, 7.30pm

Post-show Q&A:
Thu 22 Feb, 6.30pm

Tactile Tour:
Sat 24 Feb, 12pm

Audio Description & Live Captioning:
Sat 24 Feb, 1.30pm

Running Time
Approx. 2hrs 30 mins (incl. interval)

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