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'ILBIJERRI Theatre Company and Te Rēhia Theatre present a creative development showing of BLACK TIES.

'A groundbreaking collaboration and cultural exchange between two leading First Nations theatre companies, this is your opportunity for a first look at BLACK TIES before its world premiere in 2020. Emerging out of long-standing First Nations Exchange initiatives, the development of BLACK TIES began in Melbourne as part of AsiaTOPA Creative Labs in May 2018 and brings together creatives from First Nations theatre companies in Australia and New Zealand.

'When Māori corporate hotshot Hera and Aboriginal consultancy entrepreneur Bila locked eyes at a cultural awareness session, it was love at first sight. Ambitious, career focused, and driven by their need for control, Bila and Hera have their perfect future all mapped out. But there is one thing they can’t control – their families! Relatives are arriving from both sides of the ditch for the wedding, and reality is sinking in – and sinking fast. Will this international love story bring two strong cultures together? Or will it divide their families and countries, and blow Hera and Bila’s world apart?'

Source: Yirramboi Festival



Production Details

  • First performed at Younghusband, Melbourne, by Yirramboi Theatre Company, 10 May 2019 (creative development showing). 

    Co-Director: Tainui Tukiwaho.

    Co-Director: Rachael Maza.

    Producer: Nina Bonacci.

    Producer: Amber Curreen.

    Producer: Laila Thaker.

    Presented at the Sydney Festival, 10-18 January 2020.

    Directors: Rachael Maza and Tainui Tukiwaho.

    Set Designer: Jacob Nash.

    Composer and Musical Director: Brendan Boney.

    Lighting Designer: Jane Hakaraia.

    Costume Designer: Te Ura Hoskins.

    Cast: Jack Charles, Mark Coles Smith, Lana Garland, Tawhirangi Macpherson, Lisa Maza, Tuakoi Ohia, Brady Peeti, Tainui Tukiwaho, Dalara Williams, and Dion Williams.

    Presented at Studio Underground, Perth, as part of the Perth Festival, 13-16 February 2020.

    Directors: Rachael Maza & Tainui Tukiwaho. 

    Set Designer: Jacob Nash. 

    Composer & Musical Director: Brendon Boney. 

    Lighting Designer: Jane Hakaraia. 

    Sound Designer: Laughton Kora. 

    Costume Designer: Te Ura Hoskins.

    Cast: Jack Charles, Mark Coles Smith, Lana Garland, Tawhirangi Macpherson, Lisa Maza, Tuakoi Ohia, Brady Peeti, Tainui Tukiwaho, Dalara Williams, and Dion Williams.

    Band led by Brendan Boney with Mayella Dewis and Laughton Kora.

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