Black Diggers
Queensland Theatre presents
Black Diggers

25 Mar 2015 to 28 Mar 2015

One hundred years ago, a bullet from an assassin’s gun sparked a war that ignited the globe. Patriotic young men all over the world lined up to join the fight – including hundreds of Indigenous Australians.

Shunned and downtrodden in their own country, Aboriginal men stepped up to enlist. Undaunted, these bold souls took up arms to defend the free world in its time of greatest need. For them, facing the horror of war on a Gallipoli beach was an escape from the shackles of racism at home, at a time when Aboriginal people stood by, segregated, unable to vote and unable to act as their children were ripped from them. When the survivors came back from the war, there was no heroes’ welcome – just a shrug, and a return to drudgery and oppression.

Black Diggers is the story of these men – a story of honour and sacrifice that has been covered up and almost forgotten.

Directed by Wesley Enoch and written by Tom Wright, Black Diggers, grand in scale and scope, draws from in-depth interviews with the families of black diggers as well as conversations with veterans, historians and academics.

Young men will step from the blank pages of history to share their compelling stories – and after the curtain falls, we will finally remember them.
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Venue
Canberra Theatre Centre
Session TimesTicket PricesDuration
100 minutes no interval
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