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Sydney Theatre Company: City of Gold
27 May @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEST
An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Monday and Tuesday, repeating until 11 June 2022
An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until 11 June 2022
An event every week that begins at 1:30 pm on Saturday, repeating until 11 June 2022
An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until 11 June 2022
This unflinching, semi-autobiographical play by Meyne Wyatt premiered in 2019 in a co-production between Queensland Theatre and Griffin Theatre Company, starring Wyatt himself. This new production, co-produced by Black Swan State Theatre Company and Sydney Theatre Company, opened in Perth in March and received a four-and-a-half-star review from Limelight, which described it as “a raging cry against Australia’s endlessly replayed racial violence” (Read more on page 52.) Directed by Shari Sebbens, City of Gold now has a Sydney season. Wyatt plays Breythe, a young actor slogging it out on the east coast as he tries to balance the road to success while honouring his heritage as a Wongutha-Yamatji man. When he’s called back to Kalgoorlie to mourn his father’s tragic death, he discovers a family reeling in pain and anger, and a home he feels increasingly estranged from.
Limelight Editor’s Choice
Following a breathtaking performance on ABC’s Q&A that went viral around the world, writer and performer Meyne Wyatt brings his acclaimed play to Sydney Theatre Company in an electrifying new production.
Breythe is slogging it out on the East Coast, building an acting career and trying to balance the road to success with honouring his heritage as a Wongutha-Yamatji man. When he’s called back to Kalgoorlie to mourn his father’s tragic death, he discovers a family reeling in pain and anger and a home he feels increasingly estranged from.
Inspired in part by his own experiences and amplified by his acerbic sense of humour, Meyne Wyatt has written a brutal, nuanced and moving portrayal of one family desperately working to break cycles of discrimination and a gripping piece of First Nations drama.
Directed by STC Resident Director Shari Sebbens (The 7 Stages of Grieving) and starring Wyatt himself along with Mathew Cooper, St John Cowcher, Simone Detourbet, Ian Michael, Myles Pollard and Trevor Ryan, City of Gold is a gripping and innovative mixture of uninhibited truth-telling, social satire, and heartbreaking realism. This is Australian theatre at its very finest.