An Octoroon | Queensland Theatre
16 September - 08 October [Past Event] Bille Brown Studio, Queensland Theatre$35 - $68Buy tickets Season tickets

In a nutshell

A provocatively hilarious interrogation of identity

It’s the story of historical Louisiana. Or historical Far North Queensland. Or it’s the story of a black playwright. Or how race is portrayed on stage. Or, maybe ... it’s about how they’re all the same story.

Brash and provocative, the satirical comedy An Octoroon can trace its roots back to an 1856 novel, then a stage melodrama by crowd-pleasing Irish impresario Dion Boucicault. When the story of a man who scandalously falls for a slave on his Louisiana plantation premiered in New York in 1859, it helped fan the flame of the American Civil War.

Today – with race still as incendiary a global issue as it was then – dazzling and radical African-American playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins has torn apart and rebuilt the original text as a towering, immersive and wildly funny theatrical experience like no other. 

In a version subtly recontextualised to uncover and skewer Australia’s shameful history of slavery, leading Aboriginal artist and commentator Nakkiah Lui (Black Comedy) makes her directorial debut in a Queensland exclusive, co-produced with Brisbane Festival.

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    ★★★★ Daily Review
    ★★★★ Limelight Magazine
    Then the twists come, and things become serious, disconcerting and powerful in ways that Brisbane audiences don’t see that often. The Australian
    The cast are all outstanding" "exceptionally funny and deservedly confronting. " "Lui makes her directorial debut with the play, and has been triumphant in creating a work of theatre that does exactly what theatre should do: uses story to mirror society back to the audience with stark clarity. Australian Stage

    Cast Elaine Crombie, Chenoa Deemal, Sarah Ogden, Melodie Reynolds-Diarra, Shari Sebbens, Colin Smith, Anthony Standish and Anthony Taufa

    Designer Renée Mulder

    LX Designer Ben Hughes

    Composer/Sound Designer
    James Henry

    Image Colin Smith

    Approximately 100 minutes with no interval. Latecomers will be admitted at an appropriate break in the performance. Please note that patrons will be unable to re-enter the theatre after this time.   

    Warning: Contains adult themes, blackout periods and strong coarse language that may offend some people. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this production of An Octoroon contains images and voices of deceased persons.

    Please be advised: 
    Miranda Tapsell is no longer in the cast of AN OCTOROON 

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