Kill the

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.


    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


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


    Rehearsal images by Brett Boardman
    Production images by Brett Boardman

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