World Premiere Season
When Māori corporate hotshot Hera and Aboriginal consultancy entrepreneur Kane locked eyes, it was love at first sight. But there is one thing they can’t control… their families! Join them for the biggest, brownest wedding ever—a hilarious, heart-warming theatre experience from award-winning ILBIJERRI Theatre Company and Te Rēhia Theatre.
As the biggest mob of Aunties, Uncles and cousins from both sides of the ditch get worked up for the brownest wedding ever, reality is sinking in. Fast! Will this international love story bring two strong cultures together? Or will it blow Hera and Kane’s world apart?
With a peerless cast including Lana Garland, Laughton Kora, Brady Peeti, Uncle Jack Charles, Mark Coles Smith and Tuakoi Ohia, and created by a brilliant team of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori artists, Black Ties reimagines the popular wedding rom-com from a distinctively First Nations perspective. Set to a live score of Black anthems and wedding classics, it will be a party to remember.
Writers John Harvey & Tainui Tukiwaho
Directors Rachael Maza & Tainui Tukiwaho
Set Designer Jacob Nash
Composer and Musical Director Brendon Boney
Lighting Designer Jane Hakaraia
AV Designer James Henry
Sound Designer Laughton Kora
Costume Designer Te Ura Hoskins
- Jack Charles
- Mark Coles Smith
- Lana Garland
- Tawhirangi Macpherson
- Lisa Maza
- Tuakoi Ohia
- Brady Peeti
- Tainui Tukiwaho
- Dalara Williams
- Dion Williams
And a three-piece band including Brendan Boney & Laughton Kora
Recommended for ages 12+. Contains adult references and moderate coarse language.
Black Ties was commissioned by AsiaTOPA, a joint initiative of the Sidney Myer Fund and Arts Centre Melbourne. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative, managed by the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc., Sydney Festival, Perth Festival, Asia TOPA / Arts Centre Melbourne, New Zealand Festival of the Arts, Auckland Arts Festival, and Brisbane Festival.
Black Ties is also supported by The Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts & Cultural Development | Faculty of Fine Arts and Music. ILBIJERRI Theatre Company is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and by Creative Victoria and City of Melbourne.