Black is the New White

Sydney Theatre Company’s smash hit romantic comedy Black is the New White by Nakkiah Lui will open Merrigong’s 2018 Mainstage Season from 21 – 24 February.

With a brilliant ensemble cast including Luke Carroll and Shari Sebbens, this is a tale of two opposing houses.

At the centre is Charlotte Gibson, a lawyer with a brilliant career ahead of her. As her father Ray says, she could be the next female Aboriginal version of Waleed Aly. But she has other ideas.

First of all, it’s Christmas. Second of all, she’s in love. The thing is, her fiancé, Francis Smith, is not what her family expected – he’s unemployed, he’s an experimental classical composer… and he’s white! Inviting him and his conservative parents to Christmas is a bold move that has all sorts of unintended consequences.

Secrets are revealed, prejudices outed and old rivalries get sorted through. With a toe-tapping soundtrack and an array of brilliant, eccentric, loveable characters, this is a great night in the theatre
and a thoroughly beguiling, very Australian story.

Recommended for ages 15+. Contains adult themes, strong language and nudity.


“Generously funny… a bustling, astute and questioning social comedy on identity politics” – The Sydney Morning Herald

“With pitch-perfect performances all round, it’s a thought-provoking, joyously entertaining comedy” –  The Daily Telegraph

“A wonderfully quick-witted, sharp-as-a-tack Australian Rom Com with a lot of heart that keeps the audience laughing – or gasping – all the way” – Limelight

“Deliciously funny” – The Australian

“Big social issues with a whole heap of goofball” – The Guardian

Performance Times

Wed 21 Feb, 7.30pm
Thu 22 Feb, 6.30pm
Fri 23 Feb, 7.30pm
Sat 24 Feb, 1.30pm
Sat 24 Feb, 7.30pm

Post-show Q&A:
Thu 22 Feb, 6.30pm

Tactile Tour:
Sat 24 Feb, 12pm

Audio Description & Live Captioning:
Sat 24 Feb, 1.30pm


Premium: $84
Adult: $72
Pens/Group 8+: $67
Under 30s: $49
Family of 4: $196 (Max 2 Adults)

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