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Black Diggers The Show

The landmark, critically acclaimed production of Black Diggers tells the untold story of Indigenous soldiers in WWI and opened in Brisbane at the Playhouse QPAC as part of Brisbane Festival. Directed by Queensland Theatre Company’s past Artistic Director, Wesley Enoch, and written by Tom Wright, Black Diggers uncovers the contribution of WWI Aboriginal Diggers, following their stories from their homelands to the battlefields of Gallipoli, Palestine and Flanders. An extraordinary all-male, all-Indigenous cast enacted the stories of these heroic men, largely unrecognised by history.

 

The production, a collaboration between Queensland Theatre Company, Brisbane Festival and Sydney Festival in association with QPAC and The Balnaves Foundation, is a work of immense importance and was staged as the centenary of WWI is marked. Its Brisbane season in 2014 followed the world premiere sold-out season at the Sydney Opera House as part of Sydney Festival, 2014. Black Diggers then went on to tour in 2015 to Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne and Bendigo.

 

Black Diggers is a story of honour and sacrifice that has been almost forgotten. It draws from interviews with the families of 15 black Diggers who heard the call to arms – men who will step from the blank pages of history to share their compelling stories. After the curtain falls, we will remember them.

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Creatives

Wesley Enoch Director

Tom Wright Writer

Stephen Curtis Set Designer

David Williams Researcher

Tony Brumpton Composer/Sound Designer

Louise Gough Dramaturg

Ruby Langton-Batty Costumer Designer

Ben Hughes Lighting Designer

George Bostock Cultural Consultant

Cast

2014 Premiere (Sydney Festival)

George Bostock

Luke Carroll

David Page

Hunter Page-Lochard

Guy Simon

Colin Smith

Eliah Watego

Tibian Wyles

Meyne Wyatt

Ian Stenning (Bugler)

 

2014 Brisbane Season

George Bostock

Luke Carroll

David Page

Hunter Page-Lochard

Guy Simon

Colin Smith

Eliah Watego

Tibian Wyles

Sam Lappin (Bugler)

 

2015 National Tour

George Bostock

Luke Carroll

Kirk Page

Guy Simon

Colin Smith

Eliah Watego

Tibian Wyles

Shaka Cook

Trevor Jamieson