Black Diggers is a Queensland Theatre Company and Sydney Festival co-production presented in association with Perth Theatre Trust. 

One hundred years have passed since the Great War yet some stories remain untold – Black Diggers is one of them. Through interweaving vignettes, an all-star cast of male actors tells of the hundreds of dispossessed Indigenous soldiers who heard the call to arms and stepped up to fight for Australia on the battlefields of Europe.

Drawing from interviews with the families of these soldiers, as well as conversations with veterans, historians and academics, this production tells a story of honour and sacrifice, with a lightness of touch and an Aussie-larrikin attitude.

Following critically acclaimed seasons in Sydney and Brisbane, Black Diggers is already a contemporary classic. By turns witty, moving and enlightening, this major Festival co-commission is an important event to round out the Festival’s centenary of Anzac commemorations.

"Real experiences and real lives... Not just one of the highlights of this year's Festival but a new high point in telling a national narrative on the stage." - The Guardian 

Written by: Tom Wright

Directed by: Wesley Enoch

Contains low-level coarse language and references to death.

Duration: 1hr 40min no interval.

Artist Talk: Friday 6 March, post 11am show


Queensland Theatre Company’s tour of Black Diggers is supported by the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund and Sibelco Australia.

This production has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative, managed by the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals – Adelaide Festival, Brisbane Festival, Sydney Festival and Perth International Arts Festival.

This production has been commissioned with support from the Balnaves Foundation.

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  • Premium $75 / Friends $70
  • A Reserve $63 / Friends $55 / Concession $57
  • B Reserve $38 / FT Students (U30) $25


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Perth Cultural Centre, 174 - 176 William Street, Perth WA 6000

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