Black is the New White

13 Nov — 1 Dec 2019
Dunstan Playhouse
  • Home
  • Black Is The New White
Buy Tickets

A Sydney Theatre Company Production presented by State Theatre Company and Adina Apartment Hotels

By Nakkiah Lui


The sold-out, smash hit romantic comedy seen by thousands of people around the country comes to Adelaide, bigger, better and blacker than ever!

Charlotte Gibson is a lawyer with a brilliant career ahead of her. As her father 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.

However, Charlotte’s fiancé, Francis Smith, is not what her family expected: he’s unemployed, he’s an experimental composer… and he’s white. Inviting Francis and his conservative parents to the Gibson family Christmas is a bold move with all sorts of unintended consequences. Secrets are revealed, prejudices outed and old rivalries reignited.

With a toe-tapping soundtrack and an array of eccentric and loveable characters, this thoroughly beguiling, very Australian story from award-winning playwright Nakkiah Lui is an unmissable comedy of desire and dysfunction. Black is the New White will have you rolling in the aisles with laughter.

Run time: 2 hours 35 minutes (with interval)

Black is the New White contains coarse language, nudity, sexual references, adult themes, drug use and the use of herbal cigarettes.

Explore the Show

  • “I wanted to write something that didn’t come from a place of sorrow… This is a play that’s about happiness and hope.”

    Listen to the full interview here.

  • “Although knowing the telling of those stories is important, Nakkiah has filled this play with so much joy, our rehearsals were about 60% work, 40% laughter. It was brilliant.”

    Read the full interview with director Paige Rattray here.


Paige Rattray


Renée Mulder

Lighting Designer

Ben Hughes

Composer & Sound Designer

Steve Toulmin

Cast Includes

Miranda Tapsell, Tony Briggs, Luke Carroll, Vanessa Downing, Geoff Morrell, Tuuli Narkle, Melodie Reynolds-Diarra, Tom Stokes, Anthony Taufa

Dates & Times

      • P
      • ON
      • QA
      • C
      • K
      • C
      • AS
      • AD
      • AD
      • OS
      • AS
Auslan Interpreted
Opening Night
Audio Described
Off Stage Post-Show Party
Keith's Matinee Club
Post-show Q&A