Contemporary Indigenous Plays


Five plays from around the country which illustrate that the rich tradition of indigenous storytelling is flourishing in contemporary Australian theatre.

"Each play is a durable, resilient stone that both builds upon Indigenous traditions but also lays the foundation for the generations that will follow." - Professor Larissa Behrendt, from her Introduction.

Bitin’ Back
by Vivienne Cleven

Adapted from her award-winning novel, this is a "zany and uproarious black farce." - National Indigenous Times

Black Medea
by Wesley Enoch

A richly poetic adaptation of Euripides Medea that blends the cultures of Ancient Greek and indigenous storytelling to weave a bold and breathtaking commentary on contemporary experience.

"A visceral impact and lasting, disturbing imagery." - Sydney Morning Herald

King Hit
by David Milroy and Geoffrey Narkle

Strikes at the very heart of the Stolen Generations, exploring the impact on an individual and a culture when relationships are brutally broken.

Rainbow’s End
by Jane Harrison

Set in the 1950s on the fringe of a country town, this is a thought-provoking and emotionally powerful snapshot of a Koori family which dramatises the struggle for decent housing, meaningful education, jobs and community acceptance.

Windmill Baby
by David Milroy

Set on an abandoned cattle station in the Kimberley landscape, this one woman play combines the poetry of a campfire story with the comedy of a great yarn.

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  • history, people of colour
  • 18+
  • adult, teen, young adult
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