Black Diggers

Black Diggers is a Queensland Theatre Company and Sydney Festival co-production presented in association with Perth Theatre Trust. The stage show is part of the Perth International Arts Festival and runs from 3–7 March 2015 (with an Artist Talk scheduled for Friday 6 March, following the 11am show). For its run in Perth, the show is staged at the Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre of WA.

Written by Tom Wright and directed by Wesley Enoch, the show has been described by The Guardian as "real experiences and real lives...not just one of the highlights of this year's festivals but a new high point in telling a national narrative on the stage." 

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.

Contains low-level coarse language and references to death.
Duration: 1hr 40min no interval.


For more ticketing information and to purchase tickets visit the Perth International Arts Festival website


Supporters of Black Diggers

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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The City of Fremantle will be participating in, supporting, and hosting a number of events over the commemorative period. The people of Fremantle (including the greater Fremantle area) are proud to be part of the ANZAC Centenary commemorations and to have the opportunity to honour and pay respect to those who have and are serving our nation as part of the Armed Forces. ANZAC Centenary events will embrace the themes: 'Commemorate, Contemplate and Educate'.
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The 849

Eight hundred and forty-nine is the number of servicemen who lived in the greater Fremantle area, embarked in Fremantle on transport ships that would take them to far away fields, and they are the ones that never returned. You can view the list here. If you would like to make comment about the list please contact 9432 9999 or email
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