January, 1788. A strange sight greets clan leaders gathered from across the country on the shores of Gadigal land. Ships of a type which have never seen before have anchored in Sydney Harbour. Should they be welcomed – or do they take a stance?
Rehearsals have commenced for the The Visitors ahead of its premiere season from 22 - 26 January, 2020. This world premiere play, directed by Moogahlin Artistic Director, Bunuba man Frederick Copperwaite, will transport audiences to the shore of Gadigal land at a pivotal moment in history. Famed for her plays Stolen and Rainbow's End, Muruwari playwright Jane Harrison turns her attention to the moment when the First Fleet's tall ships drop anchor in 1788.
In The Visitors, seven senior law men, performed by an ensemble cast: John Blair, Damion Hunter, Colin Kinchela, Nathan Leslie, Leroy Parsons, Glenn Shea, Kerri Simpson, meet to decide how to respond.
Should these strangers be welcomed, or should they rise as one and resist?
Their decision must be unanimous and will have far-reaching implications for all.
Presented by Sydney Festival, Moogahlin Performing Arts and Carriageworks, The Visitors is a powerful, imaginative response to the beginnings of modern Australia.
The Visitors by Jane Harrison
World premiere season: Wednesday 22 – Sunday 26 January 2020
Where: Bay 20, Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street Eveleigh
Tickets: $39 - $45