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Black is the New White

11 - 22 September 2019 State Theatre Centre of WA, Heath Ledger Theatre

Black is the New White

11 - 22 September 2019 State Theatre Centre of WA, Heath Ledger Theatre Buy tickets

Presented by Black Swan State Theatre Company
A Sydney Theatre Company production

by Nakkiah Lui


Prepare to be enthralled by a razor sharp romantic comedy that blends Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner with Meet the Fockers.

At the centre is Charlotte Gibson, 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! Inviting him and his conservative parents to Christmas is a bold move that has all sorts of unintended consequences. Secrets are revealed, prejudices outed and old rivalries get sorted through.

With a toe-tapping soundtrack and an array of brilliant, eccentric, loveable characters, this is a great night in the theatre and a thoroughly beguiling, very Australian story from award-winning playwright Nakkiah Lui.

Black is the New White sold out its world premiere at Sydney Theatre Company in 2017. Now this laugh-out-loud smash hit comes to Perth bigger, better and blacker than ever!

“A wonderfully quick-witted, sharp-as-a-tack Australian rom-com with a lot of heart that keeps the audience laughing – or gasping – all the way.”
★★★★½ — Limelight

Director Paige Rattray
Designer Renée Mulder
Lighting Designer Ben Hughes
Composer and Sound Designer Steve Toulmin
Cast includes Kylie Bracknell, [Kaarljilba Kaardn], Tony Briggs, Luke Carroll, Vanessa Downing, Melodie Reynolds-Diarra, Tom Stokes, Anthony Taufa

Black is the New White was commissioned by Sydney Theatre Company with the support of the Malcolm Robertson Foundation. Original production supported by the STC Donor Syndicate and Presenting Partner Allens.

Black Swan State Theatre Company 2019 Season

Please note:
  • Latecomers will not be admitted until a suitable break during the performance.
  • Mobile telephones and electronic devices are to be turned off during the performance.
  • Cameras, video cameras and tape recorders will not be permitted without the consent of the promoter.


  • $88.00 Adult

Standard A Reserve

  • $83.00 Adult
  • $67.00 Concession - Pension Card holders, Seniors Card holders, Children 16 years and under, Unemployed
  • $35.00 Student - Full time student

Standard B Reserve

  • $55.00 Adult
  • $35.00 Student - Full time student

Preview and matinee performances

  • $67.00 Adult Standard A Reserve
  • $55.00 Adult Standard B Reserve
  • $35.00 Student - Full time student


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  • Wednesday 11 September
  • Thursday 12 September
  • Friday 13 September


  • Saturday 21 September, 2pm

Captioned and Audio Described

  • Saturday 21 September, 2pm

Post Show Discussion

  • Tuesday 17 September
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