The tiny West Australian pearling town of Broome 1912, and it’s boom-time. Sydney Pigott is a wealthy pearling master looking for a way around the White Australia Policy, anxious to keep his cheap Asian workers – and his high profits.
Webber, Sanders and Beasily are the cream of the British Navy’s divers. They arrive in Broome naïvely convinced they’ll prove their skills when they hit the hazardous seas and collect the precious mother-of-pearl. But desperate Asian crews, shadowy alliances and the ruthless environment of Broome are against the white divers from the beginning. From the brothels to the ballrooms to the deep seas, it’s a cutthroat world and trust is hard to find.
Inspired by the book of the same name by John Bailey, The White Divers of Broome is a celebration of Broome and its exotic clash of cultures.
- 100 minutes
- 4 female, 7 male
- Racially accurate casting is essential, as the play is about race. There are 6 additional minor roles, 2 men and 4 women, that can be doubled.
- Australian Script Centre