Black Diggers

Image courtesy Sydney Festival

Image courtesy Sydney Festival

To mark the eve of the centenary of the First World War, Sydney Festival presents a work of significance, scope and monumental ambition, in a world premiere event at Sydney Opera House. Directed by Wesley Enoch and written by Tom Wright, Black Diggers uncovers the contribution of First World War Aboriginal Diggers, following their exceptional stories from their homelands to the battlefields of Gallipoli, Palestine and Flanders. An all-male, all-Indigenous cast will evoke these heroic men, largely unknown to history.

Black Diggers is long overdue. Drawing upon new research and extensive consultation, the production reclaims a forgotten chapter of the story we tell ourselves about Australia’s wartime legacy, shying away from none of it. Don’t miss this uplifting landmark theatre event.

As part of the Sydney Festival’s commemoration of the Indigenous soldiers who fought during the First World War, a free talk featuring Black Diggers director Wesley Enoch and two special guests – Gary Oakley (Indigenous Liaison Officer, Australian War Memorial) and Dr Jackie Huggins AM FAHA (Adjunct Professor, Centre for Australian Indigenous History, Australian National University) will take place at 2:30pm Sunday 19 January at the Sydney Opera House.

The season of Black Diggers runs from 17 to 26 January 2014. For more information, visit the Sydney Festival website:

Read more about the research behind the production here:



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