Black Cockatoo

Next date: Tuesday, 15 March 2022 | 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM

Black Cockatoo

Inspired by the true story of legendary First Nations cricketer Johnny Mullagh and Australia’s first ever international sporting team, this is not just about cricket. This is a story of strength, resistance, hope and possibility.

Open captioning access icon Frankston Arts Centre This performance will incorporate Live Theatre Open Captioning

 

Event Description

Over 150 years ago, 13 brave Aboriginal men in Western Victoria picked up their cricket bats and embarked on a treacherous voyage to England and into the unknown – all in the name of sport.

Risking illness and persecution, Australia’s first international cricket team – including Australia's first Indigenous sporting hero, Johnny Mullagh – amazed the English crowds with astonishing talent, personality and grit. They should have returned to Australia as celebrated heroes. Instead they came back to find the world they once knew was no longer there.

This is not just a story about cricket – this is story of strength, resistance, hope and possibility. When a group of young present-day activists sneak into the Wimmera Discovery Centre to expose the truth of what happened to Johnny and his team mates, a hidden legend of triumph and tragedy unfolds. Funny and incredibly moving, BLACK COCKATOO is a new artistic collaboration between iconic Australian writer Geoffrey Atherden (MOTHER AND SON, BABAKIUERIA) and former Sydney Festival Artistic Director Wesley Enoch (BLACK DIGGERS).

"This amazing Australian story rings with authenticity, humour and quirky compassion" Stage Noise ★★★★

This performance will incorporate Live Theatre Open Captioning

Presented by: Frankston Arts Centre and Ensemble Theatre

Black Cockatoo - Ensemble Theatre - Logos

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

 

 Thanks to our 2022 partners:

FAC Partners theatre cube 37 Frankston Arts Centre

Information for Schools

Expression of Interest form

This performance has been selected for schools due to its educational value and alignment with the Victorian Curriculum. Let us know if you are interested in organising a booking for your students to see this show by completing our EOI form.

We will be in contact when bookings open and you can then confirm your seats with Box Office.

Detailed Warnings for Teachers

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander audiences are advised that this show contains depictions of people who have died.

Secondary: Years 9

Subject Links

Drama

Australian History

Civics and Citizenship

Information for Educators

The first Australian touring cricket team was made up of 13 Indigenous men. This story explores our history and questions identity and culture.

Students will connect to the story through the young activists who are the protagonists of the play – and who take us on Mullagh’s journey into history. Equally as important as the history of the story, is the depiction of culture and the ongoing challenges of race in our society. The play uses equal parts drama and humour to tell an important story in Australia’s history, that everyone should know.

Extension Opportunities

You can find out more about the performance, including curriculum connections and teaching ideas by downloading the Black Cockatoo Education Resource Kit(PDF, 44MB).

Pre-show Cocktail Party

This is the perfect way to enjoy your theatre experience - be treated to a complimentary arrival drink and then a delicious menu of canapés to set the scene. You can mingle with other theatre guests or claim a seating area to catch up with friends. 

Members $50 per member

Full $55 per person

Menu

  • Twice cooked lamb shank mini pies with tomato berry chutney.
  • Kangaroo brioche burgers with saltbush  and wattle seed infused tomato sauce.
  • Abrollhos scallops smoked in paperbark, herbs and lemon myrtle.
  • Crumbed calamari strips with lemon aioli.
  • Mini pizzetta with pumpkin, caramelised onion and buffalo cheese.
  • Pavlova nests with myrtle cream and finger lime.

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COVID-Safe Plan

Our COVID-Safe Plan outlines recent changes, which we ask that you comply with when visiting the Frankston Arts Centre. We want to keep our audiences, performers, crew and staff safe and healthy so we can enjoy arts, entertainment and events together! You can view our COVID-Safe changes outlined in full detail here.

WARNINGS

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander audiences are advised that this show contains depictions of people who have died.

Suitable for ages 12+

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


When

  • Tuesday, 15 March 2022 | 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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