Written by pre-eminent Murawari playwright Jane Harrison (Stolen) this new production directed by Quandamooka man Wesley Enoch is a must-see contemporary classic – and a riveting insight into one of the most impactful and painful days in Australia’s history.
“I do not doubt that The Visitors will take its place alongside Stolen as a touchstone of Australian theatre.”
Visitors leave. Right?
On a sweltering day in January 1788, seven clan leaders gather on a sandstone escarpment overlooking the harbour. The attendees, six of them Elders and one new initiate, catch-up, laugh together, share a meal and compare notes. But beyond the friendly banter, protocols, and hospitality, a momentous decision is waiting to be made.
A mysterious fleet of giant nawi is amassing in the harbour and as they creep closer, these seven representatives must choose unanimously: whether to send these strangers on their way or welcome them?
After its Sydney Theatre Award-winning premiere production at the 2020 Sydney Festival, Muruwari playwright Jane Harrison’s The Visitors will be reworked for this brand new production directed by one of Australia’s most celebrated directors, Quandamooka man Wesley Enoch.
Co-produced by Moogahlin Performing Arts and Sydney Theatre Company, The Visitors is at once a riveting, deeply researched insight into one of the most impactful and painful days in Australia’s history, and a hugely entertaining study of how communities respond to change and the unknown.
Moogahlin (muu-garl-in) is a yuin/bundjalung word meaning to play, to fool about.
Moogahlin was formed in November 2007 by a group of First Peoples artists, educators, and community workers at the request of the late Kevin Smith and in honour of the founding members of the national black theatre. We are based on Gadigal land in Redfern, Sydney, and Ngemba land in Brewarrina, far-west NSW.
Moogahlin’s vision is transformation through cultural arts. The company exists to:
Touring in 2024
Playwright Jane Harrison
Director Wesley Enoch
Associate Director Liza-Mare Syron
Cultural Liaison Aunty Yvonne Simms
Set & Costume Design Elizabeth Gadsby
Associate Designer Shana O’Brien
Lighting Design Karen Norris
Composer & Sound Design Brendon Boney
Associate Sound Designer Amy Flannery
Senior Dharug & Dharawal Language Teacher Corina Norman
Dharug & Dharawal Language Teacher Jordan Ryan-Hennessey
Voice Coach Charmian Gradwel
Videographer Stephen Wilson-Barker
Fight Director Nigel Poulton
Production Manager To be confirmed
Stage Manager To be confirmed
If you are interested in touring get in contact!
Arts on Tour
02 8038 1880
Arts on Tour is based in Redfern NSW and we respectfully acknowledge the Gadigal people as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the unceded land on which we work.
As we tour artists and productions across these vast lands, we pay our respect to all First Nations Elders, past, present and future.
We celebrate their continuing connection and contribution to culture, country and community, and thank all First Nations peoples for their wisdom in caring for the land, the sky, the rivers and the sea.