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Black Cockatoo

12 - 15 Feb

The true story of Australia’s first ever international sporting heroes, and their secret legacy.

Written by Geoffrey Atherden 
Directed by Wesley Enoch

Direct from the Sydney Festival comes a story of strength, resistance, hope and possibility, inspired by the incredible true story of legendary First Nations cricketer Johnny Mullagh.

More than 150 years ago, 13 Aboriginal men picked up their cricket bats and embarked on a treacherous voyage to England and into the unknown. Risking illness and persecution, Australia’s first international cricket team, including Unaarrimin (AKA Johnny Mullagh), amazed the English crowds with their astonishing talent, personality and grit. They should have returned as heroes; instead they came back to find the home they once knew no longer existed.

When a group of present-day activists attempt to expose the truth of what happened to Johnny and his team mates, a hidden story of triumph and tragedy unfolds. At once funny and incredibly moving, Black Cockatoo is a new artistic collaboration between iconic Australian writer Geoffrey Atherden (ABC TV’s Mother and Son, BabaKiueria) and acclaimed director Wesley Enoch.

Reviews

  • Everyone should know this story. It’s about our great national obsession and our great national neglect. - Wesley Enoch, Artistic Director, Sydney Festival
  • A new high point in telling a national narrative on the stage. - The Guardian (for 2014's Black Diggers directed by Wesley Enoch)

Cast & Creative Team

Director Wesley Enoch
Assistant Director Yolande Brown
Cultural Consultant Uncle Richard Kennedy
Dramaturg Jane Fitzgerald
Set and Costume Designer Richard Roberts
Lighting Designer Trent Suidgeest
Composer and Sound Designer Steve Francis
Cast Joseph Althouse, Luke Carroll, Chenoa Deemal, Aaron McGrath, Colin Smith, Dubs Yunupingu
Photo by Christian Trinder

Pre-Show Dining Packages

$25 Pre-Show Dining Packages

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