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City of Gold — Queensland Theatre and Griffin Theatre Company

Starring Meyne Wyatt, this timely production tackles race and Australian identity.
By Sarah Ward
July 04, 2019
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City of Gold — Queensland Theatre and Griffin Theatre Company

Starring Meyne Wyatt, this timely production tackles race and Australian identity.
By Sarah Ward
July 04, 2019
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Meyne Wyatt has been nominated for a Sydney Theatre Award, a Logie and an AACTA, and featured in everything from The Sapphires and Strangerland to Redfern Now, Neighbours and Black Comedy. Now, he's making a splash on the Brisbane stage as part of City of Gold's world premiere season. A collaboration between Queensland Theatre and Griffin Theatre Company, the new production sees Wyatt play an aspiring Aboriginal actor who finally gets his big break — only for the job, in a high-profile television advertisement, to cause considerable repercussions.

Partially inspired by his own experiences, Wyatt also wrote City of Gold, which takes a no-holds-barred approach to pondering race, culture and Aussie identity in today's society. Specifically — and in an unashamedly frank, raw and sometimes provocative manner — the play explores the Indigenous experience in modern-day Australia.

Joining Wyatt on-stage is a stacked cast, including Anthony Standish (An Octoroon), Jeremy Ambrum (Mabo, Cleverman, Secret Daughter) and Shari Sebbens (The Sapphires, Top End Wedding).

City of Gold's debut season runs until Saturday, July 20 at QT's Bille Brown Theatre.

Image: Tim Jones Photography.

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