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Black Ties Creative Development Showing

ILBIJERRI Theatre Company
10 May Free 2.5 hrs

ILBIJERRI Theatre Company and Te Rēhia Theatre present a creative development showing of BLACK TIES.

A groundbreaking collaboration and cultural exchange between two leading First Nations theatre companies, this is your opportunity for a first look at BLACK TIES before its world premiere in 2020. Emerging out of long-standing First Nations Exchange initiatives, the development of BLACK TIES began in Melbourne as part of AsiaTOPA Creative Labs in May 2018 and brings together creatives from First Nations theatre companies in Australia and New Zealand.

When Māori corporate hotshot Hera and Aboriginal consultancy entrepreneur Bila locked eyes at a cultural awareness session, it was love at first sight. Ambitious, career focused, and driven by their need for control, Bila and Hera have their perfect future all mapped out. But there is one thing they can’t control – their families! Relatives are arriving from both sides of the ditch for the wedding, and reality is sinking in – and sinking fast. Will this international love story bring two strong cultures together? Or will it divide their families and countries, and blow Hera and Bila’s world apart?

This is a cheeky, irreverent and frankly ridiculous theatre experience that is unashamedly by our people for our people.


  • Co-Writer: Albert Belz
  • Co-Writer: John Harvey
  • Co-Writer: Kamarra Bell-Wykes
  • Co-Writer/Co-Director: Tainui Tukiwaho
  • Co-Director: Rachael Maza
  • Producer: Nina Bonacci
  • Producer: Amber Curreen
  • Producer: Laila Thaker

Additional Info

Presented in collaboration with ILBIJERRI Theatre Company, Te Rēhia Theatre, AsiaTOPA, Australia Council for the Arts, City of Melbourne and Creative New Zealand.

Image: Photo by Julie Zhu
Pictured (left to right): Mark Coles Smith, Regan Taylor, Rickylee Russell-Waipuka