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Queensland Theatre Company presents An Octoroon

statement on race in America today”, the Australian premiere of the powerful stage story An Octoroon by brilliant playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins will take place in Brisbane on September 21.  A Queensland Theatre and Brisbane Festival co-production, An Octoroon will run through to October 8 in the Bille Brown Studio.

Brash and provocative, this satirical comedy traces its roots back to an 1859 stage melodrama by crowd-pleasing Irish impresario Dion Boucicault. When the story of a man who scandalously falls for a slave on his Louisiana plantation premiered in New York, it helped fan the flames of the American Civil War. Today – with race still as incendiary a global issue as it was then – the dazzling African-American playwright has torn apart and rebuilt the original text as a immersive and wildly funny theatrical experience.

The Queensland Theatre production of An Octoroon will be subtly recontextualised to skewer Australia’s shameful history of slavery by leading Aboriginal artist and commentator Nakkiah Lui (Black Comedy). It is her directorial debut in a Queensland and Australian exclusive.

Tickets: queenslandtheatre.com.au or call 1800 355 528

For more information, artists interviews or imagery, comment etc, please contact Kath Rose on 07 3357 9054 or 0416 291 493 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


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