Black Cockatoo (audio described)

Details

Date 23 Jan 2020

Time 11:00 AM

Contact

Address Ensemble Theatre, 78 McDougall Street, Kirribilli , NSW

Phone 02 9929 0644

Overview

Man and woman standing with their backs to each other, man is tossing a cricket ball in his hand and looking into the camera, woman is yelling into a megaphone

Audio Described Thursday 23 January 2020 at 11am

Saturday 25 January at 4.30pm

Ensemble Theatre

78 McDougall Street, Kirribilli

Box Office: 9929 0644

Companion Cards accepted – please mention Audio Description when booking

Playwright: Geoffrey Atherden

Director: Wesley Enoch

Cast includes: Joseph Althouse, Luke Carroll, Chenoa Deemal, Aaron McGrath and Dubs Yunupingu

Duration: 90 minutes no interval

Content warnings: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander audiences are advised that this show contains depictions of people who have died.

Over 150 years ago, 13 brave Aboriginal men in Western Victoria picked up their cricket bats and embarked on a treacherous voyage to England and into the unknown – all in the name of sport. Risking illness and persecution, Australia’s first international cricket team – including Australia’s first Indigenous sporting hero, Johnny Mullagh – amazed the English crowds with astonishing talent, personality and grit. They should have returned to Australia as celebrated heroes. Instead they came back to find the world they once knew was no longer there.

This is not just a story about cricket – this is a story of strength, resistance, hope and possibility. When a group of young present-day activists sneak into the Wimmera Discovery Centre to expose the truth of what happened to Johnny and his team mates, a hidden legend of triumph and tragedy unfolds. At once funny and incredibly moving, Black Cockatoo is a new artistic collaboration between iconic Australian writer Geoffrey Atherden (Mother And Son, Babakiueria) and Sydney Festival artistic director Wesley Enoch (Black Diggers).