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Meet the Cast | Black is the New White

4 Sep 2018

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 us why she is one of the country’s most incisive comedy writers, with a home-grown satire that is both subversive and thoroughly entertaining.

Meet the actors who have been cast so far in Black is the New White.

Kylie Bracknell [Kaarljiba Kaardn] (Rose Jones)

Theatre: As Actor: Sydney Theatre Company: One Day in ’67 (with Yirra Yaakin). Belvoir/Black Swan: The Sapphires. The National Theatre of China/Black Swan: The Caucasian Chalk Circle. Black Swan: The White Divers of Broome. Griffin Theatre: Griffin Award 2018 (excerpts). Shakespeare WA: A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Shakespeare Co: Romeo & Juliet. Darwin Festival: Wulamanayuwi & the Seven Pamanui. Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company: Muttacar Sorry Business, King Hit, Booyi Koora Koora, Aliwa. Stadefrance Live Events: Ben Hur. As Director: Belvoir: Windmill Baby. Queensland Theatre: don’t ask what the bird look like (reading). As Co-Artistic Director: Perth International Arts Festival/Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company: Welcome to Country. As Assistant Director: Belvoir: The Business, Beautiful One Day (with Ilbijerri). Panelist: Belvoir: Balnaves Foundation Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artist Fellowship 2018. Film: As Actor: Stone Bros. Short Film: Sa Black Thing, BBV Project, Rosie, Roll, The Save. As Co-Writer: Main Actors. TV: As Actor: Little J & Big Cuz, Redfern Now, The Gods of Wheat Street, Survival Concert, Marngrook Footy Show, Waabiny Time, CHOGM Opening Ceremony. Radio: BBC Radio: My Place. 6EBA World Radio: Anchor, Whadjuk Radio.

Tony Briggs (Ray Gibson)

Theatre includes: Melbourne Theatre Company: Twelfth Night. Sydney Theatre Company: Black is the New White, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (with Festival of the Dreaming). Ilbijerri: Which Way Home, Stolen. STCSA: The Memory of Water, The Female of the Species. Black Swan: The Female of the Species, Jandamarra. Melbourne Workers Theatre: Yanagai Yanagai, Fever, Who’s Afraid of the Working Class?, Up the Ladder. Playbox: Burning Time. As Writer: The Sapphires (seasons include Belvoir, MTC). Film: As Co-Writer: The Sapphires. As Actor, include: Bran Nue Dae, Joey, Healing, Australian Rules, On the Nose, The Life of Harry Dare. Short Film: The Oysterman, The Djarn Djarns. TV: As Writer: The Warriors. As Actor: Rake, Seven Types of Ambiguity, The Slap, The Broken Shore, Cleverman, Nowhere Boys, Ready for This, Redfern Now. Awards: 2005 Helpmann Awards for Best Play and Best New Australian Work, 2012 AWGIE Awards for Most Outstanding Script and Best Feature Film Adaptation, and 2012 AACTA Award for Best Adaptation (The Sapphires). 2013 NAIDOC Artist of the Year and 2012 Jimmy Little Award winner.

Luke Carroll (Narrator)

Sydney Theatre Company: Black is the New White, The Hanging, Battle of Waterloo, The Cherry Pickers. Melbourne/Sydney Festivals/Ten Days on the Island: The Season. QT: Black Diggers, Mother Courage and Her Children. La Boite: The Wind in the Willows. Belvoir: The Cake Man, Capricornia, Conversations with the Dead, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Dreamers, No Sugar. Windmill Theatre: Riverland. Legs on the Wall: Eora Crossing. Bell Shakespeare: My Girragundji. Kooemba Jdarra: Purple Dreams. Film: Strangerland, Australian Rules, Needle, Stone Bros, Subdivision, The Tender Hook, Dallas Doll. TV: Black Comedy, Play School, Redfern Now, The Gods of Wheat Street, Remote Area Nurse (R.A.N), Heartbeat, Home and Away, Going Bush, The Alice, Stingers, All Saints, Water Rats, Heartbreak High, Man from Snowy River, The Flying Doctors, Ocean Girl, Lift Off, Skytrackers. Awards: 2009, 2013 Deadly Awards, Male Actor of the Year, 2008 Bob Maza Fellowship recipient.

Vanessa Downing (Marie Smith)

Sydney Theatre Company: How to Rule the World, Black is the New White, Power Plays, Pygmalion, Influence, Howard Katz, The Lady in the Van, Morning Sacrifice, A Cheery Soul, Macbeth, Chasing The Dragon, The Madras House, Measure for Measure. Griffin Independent: Thomas Murray and the Upside Down River. Old Fitz: God of Hell. Sport for Jove: Much Ado About Nothing, Cyrano de Bergerac. QT/Bell Shakespeare: Faustus. B Sharp: The Sweetest Thing. Bell Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew. Ensemble Theatre: The Glass Menagerie, The Busy World is Hushed, Afterplay. Parramatta Riverside and the Studio Company: Parramatta Girls, King Lear. Ride On: Bone. East Coast Theatre Company: Mother and Child. The Production Company: Hello Dolly. STCSA: Equus, Three Birds Alighting on a Field, Ring Round the Moon, Private Lives, Upside Down at the Bottom of the World, As You Like It, Traitors, Pericles, A Month in the Country, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Griffin Theatre: Live Acts on Stage, Away. Q Theatre/Playbox: Good Works. QT: Composing Venus, Season’s Greetings. Marian St: How the Other Half Loves, The Heiress, Absurd Person Singular. Belvoir: The Increased Difficulty of Concentration, The Madrigirls. Q Theatre: Wet and Dry, Daylight Saving, St James Infirmary. New Moon Theatre Company: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Key Largo, Don’s Party, Beach Blanket Tempest. Wilton Morley Productions: Steaming. TV: The Checkout, Rake, Home and Away, Water Rats, All Saints, Big Sky, G.P., A Country Practice, Bullpitt!, Funeral Going, Double Skulls, Melba, Packed to the Rafters. Film: Stationery, Mary, The Boy Who Had Everything, Two Hands, Hey Hey It’s Esther Blueberger. Other: Vanessa is a member of the Sydney Philharmonia Symphony Chorus.

Melodie Reynolds-Diarra (Joan Gibson)

Melbourne Theatre Company: The Man from Mukinupin. Sydney Theatre Company: Black is the New White, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (with Festival of the Dreaming). QT: An Octoroon. Belvoir: No Sugar, Yibiyung. Ilbijerri: Coranderrk – We Will Show the Country (with Sydney Opera House), The Dirty Mile, Chopped Liver, Black Sheep, Glorious Baastards (with Melbourne International Comedy Festival), Headhunter (with Polyglot Theatre). Swy Theatre Company: Wild Cat Falling, Honey Spot, King For This Place. Bell Shakespeare: Actors At Work. Playbox: Holy Day. Black Swan: Stolen, Shrunken Iris, Master Builder, Quilting the Armour, Yandy. Red Stitch: Jackie. As Associate Director: Malthouse Theatre: The Shadow King. As Writer: Yellamundie Festival/National Play Festival: Skylab (also being debuted in August in WA with Yirra Yarkin and Black Swan Theatre). TV: Natural Justice, The Broken Shore, Hard Rock Medical, Redfern Now. Other: Melodie has performed in several ABC radio plays and recorded the audio book of My Place. Training: WAAPA.

Tom Stokes (Francis Smith)

Sydney Theatre Company: Black is the New White (also Queensland Theatre Company), Pygmalion. Black Swan State Theatre Company: In the Next Room (The Vibrator Play). Bell Shakespeare: Romeo & Juliet. Ensemble Theatre: Blood Bank, The Glass Menagerie. Sport for Jove: Of Mice and Men. Griffin Independent: Music, The Pigeons. Tamarama Rock Surfers: I Want to Sleep With Tom Stoppard, Capture the Flag. Cry Havoc: Titus Andronicus, Julius Caesar. Riverside: Shakespeare’s R&J. Perth International Arts Festival: Don’t Look Back. Film: Destination Maitland, Newness, Equals, The Railway Man, Wasted on the Young. Short Film: Let it Rain, Photocopier, Hunger. TV: Australia: The Story of Us. Other: The Big Hoo-Ha Impro Comedy Club. Training: WAAPA

Anthony Taufa (Sonny Jones)

Sydney Theatre Company: Saint Joan, Cloud Nine, Black is the New White, The Golden Age, Orlando, Love and Information (with Malthouse Theatre). Bell Shakespeare: The Misanthrope, The Merchant of Venice, The Comedy of Errors. QT: An Octoroon. Theatre of Image: Monkey… Journey to the West. Griffin Independent: The Brothers Size. Darlinghurst Theatre: 10,000 Beers. Other: 2012 Bell Shakespeare Learning Ensemble. Training: NIDA.

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