Black Cockatoo
Ensemble Theatre | Australia | World Premiere
4 January–8 February Ensemble Theatre 90 mins
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Black Cockatoo
Ensemble Theatre | Australia | World Premiere
In 1868, 13 Aboriginal men from country Victoria became the first Australian cricket team to tour England. 

Starring Australia’s first Indigenous sporting hero Unaarrimin, AKA Johnny Mullagh, they represented a nation in waiting that wouldn’t recognise their rights – or even their humanity – for another century.

Written by iconic screenwriter Geoffrey Atherden (Mother and Son, BabaKiueria) with award-winning director Wesley Enoch (Black Diggers, Sydney Festival 2014), Black Cockatoo begins in the present day with a group of young activists breaking into a museum to expose the truth of what happened to Johnny and his mates. A story of triumph and tragedy unfolds, spanning from the wild frontiers of western Victoria to the upper-class home of cricket, Lord’s.  

Directed by Enoch and starring Luke Carroll, Joseph Althouse, Chenoa Deemal, Aaron McGrath and Dubs Yunupingu, this funny and moving play is about more than sport – it’s a story of resilience, resistance and inspiration. 

Created in association with Sydney Festival

***** “Not just one of the highlights of this year’s Festival but a new high point in telling a national narrative on the stage” The Guardian (Black Diggers, 2014)
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Cast and Credits
Playwright Geoffrey Atherden 
Director Wesley Enoch (Noonuccal Nuugi)
Cultural Consultant Uncle Richard Kennedy (Wotjobaluk traditional owner and descendant of First XI team member, Dick-a-dick)
Assistant Director/Choreographer Yolande Brown (Bidjara Clan of Kunja Nation)
Designer Richard Roberts
Lighting Designer Trent Suidgeest
Associate Lighting Designer Shiloh Jarrett (Gumbyngirr/Anmatjere)
Sound Designer Steve Francis
Associate Sound Designer Brendon Boney (Wiradjuri/Gamilaroi)
Dramaturg Jane Fitzgerald
Stage Manager: Natalie Moir
Assistant Stage Manager: Alira McKenzie Williams
Set & Costume Designer Richard Roberts
Cast Joseph Althouse, Luke Carroll, Chenoa Deemal, Aaron McGrath, Colin Smith and Dubs Yunupingu


An Ensemble Theatre Production in association with Sydney Festival

Supported by The Balnaves Foundation, Australia Council for the Arts and the NSW Government

4 January–8 February
90 mins
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