A love story unfolds.

Under a lemon tree, two teenage boys meet in the light of a full moon. Neddy, a wannabe warrior from the Mountain Mob, and Ty, a storyteller from the River Mob, are tasked with exchanging information about the strangers who have landed on their shores. Starting out defensively, full of teenage bravado, their uneasy friendship grows into tender love; they’re young men on the brink of an adulthood that promises all love has to offer.

But trailing their every move is an army of invaders, bringing with them cultural shifts, moral judgement and deadly disease. When history comes knocking, love is tested to its limits.

If history would just unfurl a little differently, the boys might have a beautiful future ahead of them. But without knowing it, Ty and Neddy are poised on the brink of a world that is about to change forever. It’s the early 19th century. Ty is River Mob. Neddy is Mountain Mob. And the earth they stand together on is about to be declared ‘Australia’.
In his young career, Dylan Van Den Berg has won the Griffin Award, the Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award, and the Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.
In Whitefella Yella Tree he has penned a heart-warming and heartbreaking story about love, Country, and Blak queerness throughout history. Starring Helpmann Award-winner Guy Simon (First Love is the Revolution, Wakefield), and nurtured through the Griffin Studio program, Whitefella Yella Tree is a force of nature and a tender first kiss.

  • contemporary, drama
  • 90
  • 2 total
  • 2 male identifying
  • growing up, first nations, culturally and linguistically diverse, coming of age, lgbtqia+, love, sexuality
  • 16 to 18, 18+
  • adult language, adult themes
  • yes
  • teen, young adult, adult
  • Currency Press


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