Brisbane Festival and Queensland Theatre present

An Octoroon


16 Sept - 8 Oct | Bille Brown Studio



Brisbane Festival / Queensland Theatre (AUS)

by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

Australian Premiere

"This decade’s most eloquent theatrical statement on race in America today." The New York Times

“This decade’s most eloquent theatrical statement on race in America today.” (The New York Times)

It’s the story of historical Louisiana. Or historical Far North Queensland. Or it’s the story of a black playwright. Or how race is portrayed on stage. Or maybe it’s about how they’re all the same story.

Brash and provocative, this satirical comedy traces its roots back to an 1859 stage melodrama by crowd-pleasing Irish impresario Dion Boucicault. When the story of a man who scandalously falls for a slave on his Louisiana plantation premiered in New York, it helped fan the flames of the American Civil War.

Today – with race still as incendiary a global issue as it was then – the dazzling and radical African-American playwright has torn apart and rebuilt the original text as a towering, immersive and wildly funny theatrical experience like no other.

In a version subtly recontextualised to uncover and skewer Australia’s shameful history of slavery, leading Aboriginal artist and commentator Nakkiah Lui (Black Comedy, Black is the New White) makes her directorial debut in an Australian exclusive.

Contains adult themes and strong coarse language that may offend some people. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this production of An Octoroon contains images and voices of deceased persons.

by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

A re-contextualization by Nakkiah Lui


Elaine Crombie
Chenoa Deemal
Sarah Ogden
Melodie Reynolds-Diarra
Shari Sebbens
Colin Smith|
Anthony Standish
Anthony Taufa 


Nakkiah Lui Director     
Renee Mulder Designer 
Vilma Mattila Assistant Designer
Ben Hughes Lighting Designer  
James Henry Sound Designer/Composer/Musical Director           
Niki-J Price Fight Choreography
Pete Sutherland Stage Manager
Kathryn O’Halloran Assistant Stage Manager



Adult - $60 
Senior - $57
Youth (Under 30) - $35
Concession - $52

Duration : 100 minutes

Bille Brown Studio

78 Montague Rd
QLD 4101

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