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Kill the
Messenger

By Nakkiah Lui
Director Anthea Williams

  • Venue Upstairs Theatre
  • Dates 14 February – 8 March

Black Comedy (ABC1) star (and writer) Nakkiah Lui has been called Mount Druitt’s answer to Lena Dunham. She’s certainly prepared to bare all (literally).

When Lui found herself unable to keep writing after the death of her grandmother in 2011 she came up with a novel idea – insert herself into the work. The result is a deeply funny, sometimes shocking, often angry play that refuses to give easy answers. It asks how a man with undiagnosed stomach cancer could be refused care and looks at the series of seemingly innocuous events that led to an old woman falling through the unrepaired floor in her house and dying.

Along the way it proves that if you want to keep your dirty bedroom conversations private it’s best not to sleep with a playwright, and if you’re an administrative worker called Rita you might need to take security precautions. Kill the Messenger is a refreshing addition to an important national conversation. It asks why we persist in bingeing on stories of Indigenous suffering, but changing nothing. Lui invites the audience to join her on another path. One that insists on the value of laughter, inclusivity and action.

Indigenous Theatre at Belvoir supported by The Balnaves Foundation.

Team

By Nakkiah Lui
Director Anthea Williams
Set Designer Ralph Myers
Costume Designer Mel Page
Lighting Designer Katie Sfetkidis
Composer Kelly Ryall
Dramaturg Jada Alberts
Photographer Amanda James
Voice Coach Alistair Toogood
Fight Director Scott Witt
Stage Manager Isabella Kerdijk
Assistant Stage Manager Kirsty Walker
Stage Management Secondment Kaytlin Petrarca
Rehearsal Room Observer John McCallum

Cast

Matthew Backer
Katie Beckett
Nakkiah Lui
Sam O’Sullivan
Lasarus Ratuere

Videos

Rehearsal images by Brett Boardman
Production images by Brett Boardman

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