Black Cockatoo

Wednesday 12 February 2020 to Saturday 15 February 2020

Overview

An Ensemble Theatre production
Written by Geoffrey Atherden | Directed by Wesley Enoch

The true story of Australia’s first ever international sporting heroes, and their secret legacy.

Direct from the Sydney Festival comes a story of strength, resistance, hope and possibility, inspired by the incredible true story of legendary First Nations cricketer Johnny Mullagh.

More than 150 years ago, 13 Aboriginal men picked up their cricket bats and embarked on a treacherous voyage to England and into the unknown. Risking illness and persecution, Australia’s first international cricket team, including Unaarrimin (aka Johnny Mullagh), amazed the English crowds with their astonishing talent, personality and grit. They should have returned as heroes; instead they came back to find the home they once knew no longer existed.

When a group of present-day activists attempt to expose the truth of what happened to Johnny and his team mates, a hidden story of triumph and tragedy unfolds. At once funny and incredibly moving, Black Cockatoo is a new artistic collaboration between iconic Australian writer Geoffrey Atherden (ABC Television’s Mother and Son, BabaKiueria) and acclaimed director Wesley Enoch.

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