Emotional outpouring as Indigenous soldiers remembered

Jason Blake, Sydney Morning Herald, 19 January 2015

"Drawing on documentary and verbatim sources held at the Australian War Memorial, Tom Wright's script is a series of short vignettes organised into thematic strands. We observe events from the standpoints of several characters. There is humour and satire. Scenes of sudden action and high drama are interspersed with songs, hymns and “Dear mum” readings from personal correspondence."

Indigenous soldiers remembered...

David Williams, The Conversation, 24 January 2014

This major theatre project set out to explore Indigenous military service in the first world war, and reflect upon the remarkable absence of those stories from our national history and mythologising of that conflict.

Black Diggers: Lest we forget our neglected Anzac diggers

Candace Barnes, Sydney Morning Herald, 4 March 2015

"At its heart, it serves as a reminder that an Australian is an Australian - no matter our colour, our creed or our experiences.

And that, despite its minor flaws, is why Black Diggers is an important piece for the festival."

Black Diggers (Sydney Festival)

Daily Review, 20 January 2014

To mark the centenary of World War I, Black Diggers tells the untold stories of Indigenous diggers. Directed by Queensland Theatre Company artistic director Wesley Enoch and featuring a cast of nine of the foremost Indigenous Australian actors, Black Diggers uses writer Tom Wright’s extensive research to shed new light on the war and its forgotten heroes.

REVIEW: Black Diggers

Larissa Behrendt, The Guardian, 19 January 2014

"Not just one of the highlights of this year’s festival but a new high point in telling a national narrative on the stage."

REVIEW: Black Diggers

Martin Portus, ArtsHub, 20 January 2014

"Black Diggers avoids all the traps of black victimhood, expositional history and simplistic politics. It will emerge as an important landmark of our theatre."

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