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Black Cockatoo

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

Show Details

Tuesday 3 May 8pm
Duration: 90 minutes no interval
Suitable for: Ages 12 +
Content Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander audiences are advised that this show contains depictions of people who have died.

Ticket Prices

(Please note all online tickets will incur $1.50 per ticket processing fee)

Members bring a friend for FREE (please book through the Box Office)
Advance (before 5pm Tue 19 April) $40
Member: $35
Adult: $50
Concession: $45
Child: $30

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