Blaque Showgirls / is not your standard sexploitation story. Ginny is a white-skinned ‘blaque’ girl who dreams of becoming the best Aboriginal dancer in the glitzy clubs of Brisvegas. Belittled by judges at her first audition, Ginny begins to doubt that she’ll ever perform her ‘Peking Emu’ on stage. That is, until the Asian hostess of Kum Den shows her there’s more than one way to make a buck out of a stereotype or two. Ginny’s big break is just around the corner and cultural sensitivities be damned, she’s gonna make it after all!

Blaque Showgirls deftly flips the cult film genre on its head to unravel cultural clichés. Created by the writer behind Blak Cabaret and ABC’s Black Comedy, this wicked satire asks audiences to leave their privilege at the door. Hold on to your seat as Brisvegas’ newest star clumsily / strips Australia bare.

"BREAKING THE RULES IS WHAT [NAKKIAH] LUI LIKES BEST"
— The Guardian
"NAKKIAH LUI'S MIND SINGS LIKE AN F1 ENGINE: SWEETLY AND LOUDLY. AS A COMEDY, IT CAUSES HEARTBURN AND HYPERVENTILATION"
— The Australian
"BLAQUE SHOWGIRLS [IS] AN INCREDIBLY TOPICAL, FRESH AND HIGH-STAKES COMEDY"
— The Age

PRODUCTION PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS

Presented by Malthouse Theatre and Triple R.

Images: Pia Johnson

BY / 

Nakkiah Lui

DIRECTION / 

Sarah Giles

CAST INCLUDES / 

Emi Canavan, Elaine Crombie, Bessie Holland & Guy Simon

DRAMATURG /

Declan Greene

CONTRIBUTING DRAMATURG / 

Louise Gough

SET & COSTUME DESIGN / 

Eugyeene Teh

LIGHTING DESIGN / 

Paul Jackson

COMPOSITION & SOUND DESIGN / 

Jed Palmer

MOVEMENT DIRECTION / 

Ben Graetz

Event & ticketing details

Accessibility

Wheelchair Access
Auslan Interpreted

Dates & Times

PREVIEWS 7.30pm Fri 11 Nov, 7.30pm Sat 12 Nov, 6.30pm Mon 14 Nov, 7.30pm Tue 15 Nov
COMMUNITY NIGHT 7.30pm, Tue 15 Nov
OPENING NIGHT 7.30pm, Wed 16 Nov
TIME TO TALK 6.30pm, Tue 22 Nov
AUSLAN INTERPRETED 7.30pm, Wed 30 Nov

Location

Merlyn Theatre

The Malthouse, 113 Sturt St, Southbank 3006

Get directions

Train

Any train to Flinders Street, then a 12-minute stroll through Melbourne’s sparkling Arts Precinct.

Tram

The No. 1 South Melbourne tram goes right past our door. Get off at Stop 18. Any tram down St Kilda Road—jump off at Grant Street, Stop 17 and take a 3-minute walk.

Event notes

DURATION /

85 minutes (no interval)