Theatre Australia

Black is the New White

Nakkiah Lui

★★★★ Generously funny … a bustling, astute and questioning social comedy on identity politics.

Sydney Morning Herald
It’s Christmas and Charlotte Gibson is in love. What better time for the fast-rising Aboriginal lawyer to introduce her large family to her fiancé’s own kin?

There’s the small problem of their respective fathers, but as it turns out, this holiday season everyone’s getting a disaster of their own.

A layer cake of racial politics, sexual tension, parental expectation and class privilege, Black is the New White is also laugh-out-loud funny from entrée to dessert. On the back of two sellout Sydney seasons, Melbourne audiences have been hungering for a taste of Nakkiah Lui’s wild romantic comedy.

Lui could write a parking ticket and you’d still laugh, and the award-winning playwright and TV personality has quickly confirmed her position as the pre-eminent new voice on the Australian stage.

Content warnings: This production contains coarse language, nudity and drug use.

PHOTO | Prudence Upton (original cast)




Daily Telegraph


  • A Sydney Theatre Company production
  • Sydney Theatre Company
  • Presented in association with
  • Melbourne Theatre Company

Commissioned by STC with the support of the Malcolm Robertson Foundation. Original production supported by the STC Donor Syndicate and Presenting Partner Allens.