The Visitors

It’s January 1788 and a mysterious fleet is amassing in the harbour. Seven clan leaders must make a momentous decision: to send these strangers on their way or welcome them?

A Moogahlin Performing Arts and Sydney Theatre Company Production

The ~Visitors~
The ~Visitors~

#Visitors leave. Right?

By Jane Harrison
Directed by Wesley Enoch

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 embarks on a national tour, this time 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.



Warning: Content includes Infrequent coarse language, themes of racial violence, descriptions of violence, intergenerational trauma and haze.

Hero Image Credit: Rob Hookey. Featuring 2023 cast.

Rehearsal & Production Photography Credit: Daniel Boud. Featuring 2023 cast.

Saturday 31 August - 8:00pm


Empire Cardholder $48.00
Adult $54.00
Concession(Gov Seniors & Pension Card) $50.00
Groups 6+ $49.00
Youth U25yrs $29.00
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Theatre


75mins with no interval

#TAKE A SNEAK PEAK

#Meet The CAST

Dalara Williams  ~(Gumbaynggirr and Wiradjuri)~  Playing Wallace

Dalara Williams
(Gumbaynggirr and Wiradjuri)
Playing Wallace


Gumbaynggirr/Wiradjuri. Dalara Williams was born and raised in Sydney on Gadigal country. She graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 2017. Has developed works at Yellamundie Festival, Ilbijerri’s Back Wrights program.

Theatre credits include. Sydney Theatre Company: Blackie Blackie Brown (with Malthouse Theatre).
Other Theatre: Ilbijerri Theatre Company & Te Rehia
Theatre Company: Black Ties. Darlinghurst Theatre Company: Rainbow’s End.
Belvoir: Winyanboga Yurringa. Malthouse: The Shadow King.
Performing Lines: Wulamanayuwi and the Seven Pamanui.
Film: The Flood, Top End Wedding.
TV: The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart, Black Comedy, Get Krack!n.
Training: NIDA, Belvoir Theatre Company Balnaves Foundation Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Fellowship.

SEAN DOW  ~(Gunggandji, Birigubba)~  Playing Gary

SEAN DOW
(Gunggandji, Birigubba)
Playing Gary


Born on Nyoongar Boodjah, Manjimup WA. Proud Gunggandji - Birigubba man Sean Dow has performed in multiple professional productions nationally. Since graduating from the Aboriginal Performance course at WAAPA in 2003 and ACPA with an advanced diploma in Performing Arts in 2015, Sean has performed for Yirra Yaakin theatre, Deckchair Theatre, QLD Arts Council, ARTSLINK QLD, Queensland Music Festival, Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, Jute Theatre and LaBoite Theatre.

His professional career credits include In The Nyitting Time (2007/2008), Muttacar Sorry Business(2007/2008), Talk It Up(2009), Karakouer! (2009/2010/2011) Deadly Eh? (2013/2015) Kaarla Kaatijin, (2018) Hoods (2017), My story Your story (2013/2015/2017) The Hall Committee (2019) Get Your Geek on (2021) and Away (2021 – LaBoite Theatre) Tiddas (2022 – LaBoite Theatre) and Capricorn (2023) at LaBoite Theatre and Tiddas for Belvoir St Theatre season in 2024.

James Slee  ~(Kuku Yalanji Goa)~  Playing Lawrence

James Slee
(Kuku Yalanji Goa)
Playing Lawrence


James is from Cherbourg QLD, traditionally belonging to the Kuku Yalanji and Goa clan groups. He also has family connections to the Gubbi Gubbi & Wakka Wakka clan. James made his screen debut in Redfern Now (dir: Catriona McKenzie) for Blackfella films & ABC and has since appeared in the ABC series Black Comedy, the telemovie The Broken Shore and most recently Deep Water on SBS. He made his Sydney Theatre Company debut in Secret River (dir: Neil Armfield) before playing the lead in Belvoir St Theatre’s The Cake Man and Ngarrama Productions’ Inhale/Exhale/Breathe as well as touring in Nathan Maynard’s The Season in Sydney, Hobart and Melbourne and starring in the STC’s The Battle of Waterloo (dir: Sarah Goodes). In 2014 James received the Robertson Foundation Scholarship at the Young Actors Studio, National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA).

BEAU DEAN RILEY SMITH  ~(Wiradjuri and Gamilaraay)~  Playing Albert

BEAU DEAN RILEY SMITH
(Wiradjuri and Gamilaraay)
Playing Albert


Beau is a Wiradjuri and Gamilaraay man from Dubbo NSW, raised on Yuin Country in Culburra Beach Nowra, now living on Gadigal Country. Sydney Theatre Company: Debut. Queensland Theatre Company: The Sunshine Club. Bangarra Dance Theatre: SandSong: Stories from the Great Sandy Desert, Dubboo — life of a songman, Dark Emu, Bennelong, Spirit, OUR land people stories, Kinship, ONES COUNTRY - the spine of our stories, Terrain, Ochres, Patyegarang, Dance Clan 3, Blak. Other: Dance: Briwyant, Moving Targets, Feather and Tar – Cabaret of Sorrows. As Choreographer: Miyagan. Film: SPEAR, Moving Targets. Awards: Best Male Dancer in a Ballet, Dance, or Physical Theatre Production (Helpmann Awards), Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer (Australian Dance Awards). Training: WAPAA, NAISDA Dance College.

John Blair  ~(Nucoorilma Gamilaroi)~  Playing Joseph

John Blair
(Nucoorilma Gamilaroi)
Playing Joseph


John was an Aboriginal actor before it was cool. He arrived in Sydney from Tingha in 1986 as a teenager and landed a part in the feature film, The Crossing. He first read The Visitors in the Yellamundie National First Peoples Playwriting Festival, which he has been part of since it began in 2013. Theatre Credits: Yellamundie Festival 2013,15,17,19,21,23, The Last Shot, The Visitors 2020. Midsummer Night's Dream 1996 (STC) The Dreaming Festival.

Zoe Walters  ~(Anmatyerre)~  Playing Jaky

Zoe Walters
(Anmatyerre)
Playing Jaky


Zoe Walters, a proud Anmatyerre woman from Alice Springs, graduated from the Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) in 2023. Plays performed whilst training include Big Hair in America and Joan Must Die (I Never Liked Her Anyways). With a couple professional projects already under her belt - The Sunshine Club with the Queensland Theatre Company (2022) and soon to be released feature film Kangaroo (filmed 2024) – Zoe surely has a long and successful career ahead of her.

Stephen Geronimos  ~(Gamilaroi)~  Playing Gary

Stephen Geronimos
(Gamilaroi)
Playing Gary


Stephen made his professional stage debut in 2007 with The Mack (Kooemba Jdarra) and has since gone on to work in film, stage and commercial campaigns. In the last year, Stephen has enjoyed critically acclaimed seasons in the cast of Tiny Beautiful Things at Queensland Theatre and Belvoir St Theatre. He was part of the ensemble nominated for a Matilda Award for Best Ensemble in Belloo Creative’s award-winning Boy, Lost (Queensland Theatre). In 2012 he graduated from QUT with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting). His other stage credits have seen him working with La Boite, Metro Arts and PIP Theatre.

#Meet the ​CREATIVE TEAM

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

A powerful and contemplative performance that challenges the mind and moves the heart.

Timeout

An outstanding cast of zealous actors demonstrate unequivocally the resilience and the indomitability of the communities that they represent so gloriously. Their chemistry is immaculate, in a show that speaks with a beautifully harmonious sense of solidarity.” Or shortened version “An outstanding cast of zealous actors.

Suzy Goes See

Powerful, authentic First Nations storytelling.

The Guardian

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Acknowledgement
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The Empire acknowledges the Traditional Custodians, the Giabal, Jarowair and Western Wakka Wakka peoples, where we work and present stories. We would like to pay respect to the Elders, past and present and to all First Nations peoples.

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