Black Cockatoo

Next date: Tuesday, 31 May 2022 | 08:00 PM to 09:30 PM

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An Ensemble Theatre Production

By Geoffrey Atherden
Directed by Wesly Enoch

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

A story of strength, resistance, hope and possibility. Inspired by the true story of legendary First Nations cricketer Johnny Mullagh and Australia’s first ever international sporting team. 

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.  

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 teammates, a hidden legend of triumph and tragedy unfolds. Funny and incredibly moving, Black Cockatoo is an artistic collaboration between iconic Australian writer Geoffrey Atherden (Mother and Son, Babakiueria) and former Sydney Festival Artistic Director Wesley Enoch (Black Diggers). 

Approximately 1hr and 30mins (no interval)
Recommended for ages 12+

Cast
Joseph Althouse
Phoebe Grainer
Aaron McGrath
Mema Munro
Kyle Shilling
Colin Smith

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

This event is part of Chatswood Culture Bites 2022, Willoughby City Council’s innovative program of music, theatre, comedy and more in Chatswood CBD.

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Header image by Christian Trinder.
Photo gallery images by Prudence Upton.

 

When

  • Tuesday, 31 May 2022 | 08:00 PM - 09:30 PM

Location

Zenith Theatre, McIntosh St and Railway St, Chatswood 2067  View Map

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