Black is the New White | Queensland Theatre
01 February - 17 FebruaryPlayhouse, QPACBuy tickets Season tickets

In a nutshell

A razor sharp rom-com that blends Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner with Meet the Fockers

Two politically powerful families at war. A son and daughter helplessly in love, defying their parents. You’ve heard this story before – but what if Romeo was white, Juliet was black and the war mainly fought on Twitter? 

After a whirlwind romance, hotshot lawyer Charlotte Gibson and penniless avant-garde cellist Francis Smith are engaged. One thing stands in the way: Charlotte’s the favourite daughter of Australia’s most charismatic Aboriginal politician, and Francis is the son of his dour and stridently conservative rival. It’s been mutual hatred for decades, sparked by an infamous shoe-throwing incident on the floor of parliament. 

As the two bitterly entrenched families collide in the Gibson’s glitzy holiday mansion over an Aussie Christmas dinner, the long-standing feud comes to a head. Cue a sharp-witted and riotously funny struggle for dominance where barbed insults fly, secrets come flooding out and hypocrisies of all kinds – race, gender, religion, status – are mercilessly skewered. 

Black is the New White sold out its world premiere season at Sydney Theatre Company in 2017, a triumph for Queensland Theatre’s director Paige Rattray, writer Nakkiah Lui and designer Renée Mulder. Now it’s coming to Brisbane.

Cast Includes Tony Briggs, Luke Carroll, Vanessa Downing, Geoff Morrell, Melodie Reynolds-Diarra, Shari Sebbens, Tom Stokes, Anthony Taufa, Miranda Tapsell  

Designer Renée Mulder 

Lighting Designer Ben Hughes 

Composer/Sound Designer Steve Toulmin

Accessibility Auslan Interpreted (Mon 5 Feb), Audio Described (Thu 15 Feb + Sat 17 Feb, 2.00pm)

This production contains coarse language, use of herbal cigarettes and brief nudity. 

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A Sydney Theatre Company Production Black is the New White was originally commissioned by Sydney Theatre Company with the support of the Malcolm Robertson Foundation. Original production supported by the STC Donor Syndicate.
  • Sydney Theatre Co
  • Ausco
  • Create NSW
  • BAC