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★★★★
‘A thought provoking,
joyously entertaining comedy.’

Daily Telegraph


A mix of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and Meet the Fockers, Nakkiah Lui’s smash hit comedy is set to delight Melbourne audiences.

Charlotte Gibson is a lawyer with a brilliant career ahead of her. As her father Ray says, she could be the next female Indigenous Waleed Aly. But she has other ideas. First of all, it’s Christmas. Second of all, she’s in love. The thing is, her fiancé, Francis Smith, is not what her family expected – he’s unemployed, he’s an experimental composer… and he’s white! When the families come together at the Gibson’s ritzy holiday home, the stage is set for a riotously funny struggle for dominance where insults fly, secrets come flooding out and sacred cows of all descriptions are mercilessly skewered.

It’s Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, crossed with Meet the Fockers. Following two sell-out seasons at Sydney Theatre Company, Black is the New White is the hit new Australian comedy set to delight Melbourne audiences. Award-winning writer and TV personality Nakkiah Lui shows why she is one of this country’s most incisive comedy writers, with a home-grown satire that is both subversive and thoroughly entertaining.

STC Associate Director Paige Rattray directs an array of brilliant, eccentric, loveable characters in this laugh-out-loud romantic comedy.

‘This comedy deserves to become a classic.’
The Australian


Commissioned by STC with the support of the Malcolm Robertson Foundation. Original production supported by the STC Donor Syndicate and Presenting Partner Allens.

Cast & Crew

Kylie Bracknell

Kylie Bracknell [Kaarljilba Kaardn]

Rose Jones

Tony Briggs

Tony Briggs

Ray Gibson

Luke Carroll

Luke Carroll

Narrator

Vanessa Downing

Vanessa Downing

Marie Smith

Melodie Reynolds-Diarra

Melodie Reynolds-Diarra

Joan Gibson

Tom Stokes

Tom Stokes

Francis Smith

Anthony Taufa

Anthony Taufa

Sonny Jones

Paige Rattray

Paige Rattray

Director

Renee Mulder

Renée Mulder

Set & Costume Designer

Ben Hughes

Ben Hughes

Lighting Designer

Steve Toulmin

Steve Toulmin

Composer & Sound Designer

Julia Patey

Julia Patey

Tour Director

Charmian Gradwell

Charmian Gradwell

Voice & Text Coach

Venues

Attendance Information

  • This production contains coarse language, nudity and drug use. For detailed information about the production’s content click here.

    Further details regarding this production’s content will be available closer to the season. Please call our box office on (03) 8688 0800 for more information.

  • Hearing Assistance Wheelchair accessible Audio Description Tactile Tour Open Captioning

    Black is the New White will be Audio Described on Saturday 19 October, 2pm and Tuesday 22 October, 6.30pm, with a tactile tour at 1pm prior to the Saturday performance.

    Captions are available via a screen for the 2pm performance on Saturday 26 October.

    You can learn more about access services at MTC here.

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Melbourne International Arts Festival