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Issue Details: First known date: 2018... 2018 Blackie Blackie Brown : The Traditional Owner of Death
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'Reconciliation… or revenge?

'Somewhere in the Australian bush, mild-mannered archaeologist Dr Jacqueline Black is conducting a survey on a site intended for the new factory of a shadowy corporation. She’s under pressure to provide the all-clear, but when her dig uncovers a mass grave, she picks up a skull and is immediately over-powered by the spirit of her Aboriginal great-great-grandmother. Blackie Blackie Brown, cold-blooded vigilante, is born.

'In a no-holds-barred gore-fest, she’s going to kill all the descendants of the men who massacred her ancestors. White people, watch out. You could be one of them.

'Paying homage to blaxploitation movies, Blackie Blackie Brown features the work of Barkindji, Birri-Gubba illustrator Emily Johnson and animations by visual effects whiz-kids Oh Yeah Wow. Nakkiah Lui’s script matches perfectly the lo-fi, hi-camp style of director Declan Greene (Sisters Grimm’s Calpurnia Descending).

'With break-out newcomer Megan Wilding in the title role, and the ever-hilarious Ash Flanders playing every white person she needs to kill, this two-hander is a wild ride that will have you laughing out loud while squirming in your seat.

'All in all, it’s precisely the violent and uncompromising take-down that our country’s genocidal history had coming.'

Source: STC.

Production Details

  • World premiere, Sydney Theatre Company (Wharf 2 Theatre, 12 May - 30 June 2018).

    Director: Declan Greene.

    Designer: Elizabeth Gadsby.

    Animation: Oh Yeah Wow.

    Lighting & AV Designer: Verity Hampson.

    Concept Artist: Emily Johnson.

    With Ash Flanders, Megan Wilding.

    Illustration: Emily Johnson.


    Subsequently performed as part of Malthouse Theatre's 2018 season, 5-29 July 2018, with the same cast and crew.

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Works about this Work

Don’t Mess Around with Blackie Blackie Brown Dov Kornits , 2018 single work column
— Appears in: FilmInk , 30 April 2018;
Nakkiah Lui Unleashes Vigilante Aboriginal Superhero 'Blackie Blackie Brown' in Her New Comedy Patrick Carey , 2018 single work column
— Appears in: ABC News [Online] , May 2018;

'"Your white meat is DONE, motherf***er!" The words, growled by an unseen protagonist, echo around Sydney Theatre Company's Wharf 2 theatre.'

Blackie Blackie Brown Review – Murderous Heroine Dishes Out Revenge and Laughs Em Nicol , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 22 May 2018;

'Not your everyday superhero story, Nakkiah Lui’s satirical revenge comedy takes on colonisation with unexpected consequences.' 

Young Black Writers Are Told 'Don't Make Art' but Nakkiah Lui Stretches What Is Possible Nayuka Gorrie , 2018 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 16 May 2018;

'Lui has been criticised by Quadrant and News Corp. Would this have been the case if she wasn’t black?'

Young Black Writers Are Told 'Don't Make Art' but Nakkiah Lui Stretches What Is Possible Nayuka Gorrie , 2018 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 16 May 2018;

'Lui has been criticised by Quadrant and News Corp. Would this have been the case if she wasn’t black?'

Blackie Blackie Brown Review – Murderous Heroine Dishes Out Revenge and Laughs Em Nicol , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 22 May 2018;

'Not your everyday superhero story, Nakkiah Lui’s satirical revenge comedy takes on colonisation with unexpected consequences.' 

Nakkiah Lui Unleashes Vigilante Aboriginal Superhero 'Blackie Blackie Brown' in Her New Comedy Patrick Carey , 2018 single work column
— Appears in: ABC News [Online] , May 2018;

'"Your white meat is DONE, motherf***er!" The words, growled by an unseen protagonist, echo around Sydney Theatre Company's Wharf 2 theatre.'

Don’t Mess Around with Blackie Blackie Brown Dov Kornits , 2018 single work column
— Appears in: FilmInk , 30 April 2018;
Last amended 22 Mar 2018 07:33:05
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