BLACK TIES

LBIJERRI Theatre Company and Te Rēhia Theatre Company

BLACK TIES

Written by John Harvey and Tainui Tukiwaho | Directed by Rachael Maza and Tainui Tukiwaho
WORLD PREMIERE SEASON AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND TOUR

Two families, two cultures… too much!

When Māori corporate hotshot Hera and Aboriginal consultancy entrepreneur Kane locked eyes at a Cultural Awareness session, it was love at first sight. Ambitious and career focused, Kane and Hera now have their perfect future all mapped out. But there is one thing they can’t control…their families!

As the biggest mob of Aunties, Uncles and cousins from both sides of the ditch get worked up for the blackest wedding ever, reality is sinking in. Fast! Will this international love story bring two strong cultures together? Or will it blow Hera and Kane’s world apart? 

BLACK TIES is a hilarious and heart-warming immersive theatre experience by ILBIJERRI Theatre Company (Australia) and Te Rēhia Theatre Company (Aotearoa/New Zealand) that reminds us of the power of love to unite.

With a peerless cast including Uncle Jack Charles, Mark Coles Smith, Lisa Maza, Tuakoi Ohia and Brady Peeti, and created by a brilliant team of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori artists, BLACK TIES reimagines the popular wedding rom-com from a distinctively First Nations perspective. Set to a live score of Black anthems and wedding classics, it will be a party to remember.


Photo: Garth Oriander

LBIJERRI Theatre Company and Te Rēhia Theatre Company

BLACK TIES

Written by John Harvey and Tainui Tukiwaho | Directed by Rachael Maza and Tainui Tukiwaho
WORLD PREMIERE SEASON AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND TOUR

WORLD PREMIERE
Touring Nationally and Internationally
January – September 2020 


ANNOUNCED SEASONS

 

Sydney Festival | 10 – 18 Jan 2020
Sydney Town Hall, Sydney
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Perth Festival | 13 – 16 Feb 2020

Studio Underground, Perth

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Asia TOPA | 21 – 29 Feb 2020

The Pavilion, Arts Centre Melbourne

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New Zealand Festival | 4 – 7 Mar 2020

Shed 6, Wellington

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Auckland Arts Festival | 11 – 29 March 2020

Waitākere Room, Aotea Centre

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LBIJERRI Theatre Company and Te Rēhia Theatre Company

BLACK TIES

Written by John Harvey and Tainui Tukiwaho | Directed by Rachael Maza and Tainui Tukiwaho
WORLD PREMIERE SEASON AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND TOUR

CREATIVE TEAM

WRITTEN BY JOHN HARVEY AND TAINUI TUKIWAHO

DIRECTED BY RACHAEL MAZA AND TAINUI TUKIWAHO

SET DESIGNER: JACOB NASH

COMPOSER AND MUSICAL DIRECTOR: BRENDON BONEY

LIGHTING DESIGNER: JANE HAKARAIA

AV DESIGNER: JAMES HENRY

SOUND DESIGNER: LAUGHTON KORA

COSTUME DESIGNER: TE URA HOSKINS

 

PERFORMERS

JACK CHARLES

MARK COLES SMITH

LANA GARLAND

TAWHIRANGI MACPHERSON

LISA MAZA

TUAKOI OHIA

BRADY PEETI

TAINUI TUKIWAHO

DALARA WILLIAMS

DION WILLIAMS

 

AND A THREE-PIECE BAND LED BY BRENDAN BONEY AND FEATURING LAUGHTON KORA

 

PRODUCERS 

Nina Bonacci (Senior Producer, ILBIJERRI Theatre Company)

Laila Thaker (Associate Producer, ILBIJERRI Theatre Company)

Amber Curreen (Te Rēhia Theatre Company)

 

BLACK TIES was commissioned by AsiaTOPA, a joint initiative of the Sidney Myer Fund and Arts Centre Melbourne; and 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 Inc., Sydney Festival, Perth Festival, New Zealand Festival, Auckland Festival, AsiaTOPA Festival and Brisbane Festival. BLACK TIES is also supported by Creative New Zealand and The Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts & Cultural DevelopmentILBIJERRI Theatre Company is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and by Creative Victoria and City of Melbourne.