Miranda Tapsell makes Adelaide mainstage debut in Black Is The New White

Published by: State Theatre Company South Australia | 22-Oct-2019
Following hit seasons across Australia, the provocative, laugh-out-loud Aussie rom-com Black Is The New White will finally come to State Theatre Company South Australia in November, with renowned actor and recent AACTA Award nominee Miranda Tapsell leading an all-star cast.
Venue: Dunstan Playhouse
Address: Festival Drive, Adelaide
Date: Nov 13 - Dec 1
Time: 8pm
Ticket: $30-$84
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The Sydney Theatre Company production from award-winning playwright Nakkiah Lui (ABC's Black Comedy)has been a phenomenon since its 2017 debut, selling out theatres across Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne.

Directed by Paige Rattray, the production features a star cast including Tony Briggs (creator of The Sapphires), Luke Carroll and Vanessa Downing.

Tapsell (Top End Wedding, The Sapphires, Love Child, Doctor Doctor) plays Charlotte Gibson, a brilliant young Aboriginal lawyer who's bringing her new boyfriend home to meet the family at Christmas time.

However, Charlotte's fiancé, Francis Smith, is not what her family expected: he's unemployed, he's an experimental composer"¦ and he's white. Inviting Francis and his conservative parents to the Gibson family Christmas is a bold move with all sorts of unintended consequences. Secrets are revealed, prejudices outed and old rivalries reignited.

Out of this classic meet-the-parents scenario comes a madcap and heartwarming comedy that has left audiences across Australia on their feet.

"I wanted to present a family of Aboriginal people that hasn't been seen before in the Australian canon - not just in theatre, but in any form," Lui says. "That is, an Aboriginal family who have money, who are not oppressed but who are culturally quite strong. For me, that is quite similar to what I grew up with - a regular family who were political and culturally connected to their community."

Paige Rattray says a play like this comes along "once in a lifetime."

"It has been an incredible privilege to work on. The cast is ridiculously talented, as well as being hilarious, and Nakkiah is a downright genius. We are very lucky to have her writing for our stages."

Black Is The New White is on at Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre, Nov 13 to Dec 1. statetheatrecompany.com.au

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