A Queensland Theatre Company and Sydney Festival production (AUS)
By Tom Wright
To mark 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War, Black Diggers explores the untold and exceptional stories of Indigenous Australian soldiers who fought for the British Commonwealth.
Shunned and downtrodden in their own country and banned from serving in the military, Aboriginal men stepped up to enlist and take up arms to defend the free world in its greatest time of need.
Directed by Wesley Enoch and written by Tom Wright, Black Diggers uncovers the fearless contribution these Aboriginal men made to Australian history and follows their journeys from their homelands to the battlefields of Gallipoli, Palestine and Flanders.
Grand in scale and scope and drawing upon new research and extensive consultation with veterans, black Diggers’ families, historians and academics, this all-male, all-Indigenous cast will evoke these heroic men, largely unknown to history.
Don't miss this uplifting landmark theatre event.
- An ABC symposium discussion on Black Diggers will take place on: Sun 21 Sept, 6.30pm, at ABC Studios (see Festival Conversations for more details).
- The performance on Fri 26 Sept, 7.30pm, will be Auslan interpreted.
This production may contain low level coarse language, as well as adult references to death and war.
This production has been assisted by the Australia Governments’ Major Festival initiative, managed by the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals, Sydney Festival and Brisbane Festival.
Photograph by Jamie Williams.