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The Art House presents

Black Cockatoo

19 May 2022 Showing at The Art House Theatre

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The Art House presents

An Ensemble Theatre Production

BLACK COCKATOO

By Geoffrey Atherden

Directed by Wesley Enoch

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 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. Funny and incredibly moving, BLACK COCKATOO is a new artistic collaboration between iconic Australian writer Geoffrey Atherden (MOTHER AND SON, BABAKIUERIA) and former Sydney Festival Artistic Director Wesley Enoch (BLACK DIGGERS).

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

Cast & Creatives

Creative Team 

Playwright Geoffrey Atherden

Director Wesley Enoch (Noonuccal Nuugi)

Associate Director Yolande Brown (Bidjara Clan)

Cultural Consultant Uncle Richard Kennedy (Wotjobaluk Traditional Owner and Descendant of First XI Team Member, Dik-a-Dik)

Set & Costume Designer Richard Roberts

Lighting Designer Trent Suidgeest

Composer & Sound Designer Steve Francis

Dramaturg Jane Fitzgerald

Assistant Stage Manager Vanessa Martin

Costume Supervisor Sara Kolijn

Associate Lighting Designer Shiloh Jarrett (Anmatjere /Gumbyngirr)

Sound Design Intern Tim Gray


Cast

Joseph Althouse (Wunujaka)

Lady Bardwell / Tina Phoebe Grainer (Djungan) 

Johnny Mullagh Mark Nannup (Yamaji/Noongar)

Colin Smith (Jagera)


Photography

Hero image by Christian Trinder

Production and Rehearsal images by Prudence Upton


Reviews

★★★★"This amazing Australian story rings with authenticity, humour and quirky compassion" Stage Noise

★★★★ "A vibrant, fascinating and challenging production" ArtsHub

"A sincere and tender proclamation, paying tribute to Indigenous identities past and present" Suzy Goes See

"Commendably and sensitively asks difficult questions... entertaining and informative" Audrey Journal

★★★★ "Ripe with emotion, wit, and reflection" State of the Art

★★★★ "A captivating and inspiring story that reverberates today" ArtsHub

"A wonderful balance of educating and entertaining... hard hitting honesty and delightful comedy" Broadway World

Venue

The Art House Theatre

Times

Thu 19 May 2022 - 1PM

Thu 19 May 2022 - 8PM

Important Information

Duration: 90 minutes no interval
Content Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander audiences are advised that this show contains depictions of people who have died
Recommended age group: 12+

Tickets

Adult: $42.00
Concession: $38.00
Member: $35.00
Under 30: $25.00
School Groups: $20.00

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