On a dig in the Australian outback, archaeologist Dr. Jacqueline Black unearths a mystical skull from a hidden mass grave. It talismanically transforms her into arse-kicking indigenous superhero Blackie Blackie Brown.

Her mission: to track down every last descendant of the men who killed her ancestors and have her revenge. It ain’t about forgiveness. It ain’t about reconciliation. This is about Blackie Blackie Brown: The Traditional Owner of Death.

The unstoppable Nakkiah Lui (Blaque Showgirls, ABC’s Black Comedy) and Declan Greene (Calpurnia Descending) team up with Barkindji, Birri-Gubba illustrator Emily Johnson and digital animation studio Oh Yeah Wow. The result is a hilarious live-action bad-arse blaxploitation superhero comic book that will have you baying for blood.

"FAST-PACED ADVENTURE THAT BRINGS THE HOUSE DOWN"
— ArtsHub
½
"LUI'S FEROCIOUS NEW COMEDY WILL HAVE YOU ON THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT FROM START TO FINISH"
— Limelight Magazine
½
"DEADLY, BRUTALLY FUNNY"
— Daily Review
"VITAL AND ENTERTAINING"
— The Age

PRODUCTION PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS

A Malthouse Theatre and Sydney Theatre Company production. The creative development of Blackie Blackie Brown was produced by Performing Lines with support from ACMI, the Australia Council for the Arts and Create NSW.

Key image: Zan Wimberley
Images: Phoebe Powell
Illustrations: Emily Johnson

Partners

BY /

Nakkiah Lui

DIRECTION /

Declan Greene

CAST /

Ash Flanders, Dalara Williams

DESIGN /

Elizabeth Gadsby

ANIMATION & VIDEO /

Mike Greaney for Oh Yeah Wow

LIGHTING & PROJECTION DESIGN /

Verity Hampson

COMPOSITION & SOUND DESIGN /

Steve Toulmin

FOLEY ARTIST & ASSISTANT SOUND DESIGN /

Nate Edmondson

CONCEPT ARTIST /

Emily Johnson

Event & ticketing details

Dates & Times

PREVIEW 8pm, Thu 5 Jul
OPENING NIGHT 8pm, Fri 6 Jul
TIME TO TALK 7pm, Tue 10 Jul

Location

Beckett 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 / 

90 minutes (no interval)

WARNINGS /

Contains coarse language, adult themes, strobe lighting, dynamic sound and violent themes and imagery.