A scene from the play Black Diggers during its opening season at the Sydney Opera House.
A scene from the play Black Diggers during its opening season at the Sydney Opera House. Branco Gaica

QTC production Black Diggers is a hit at the Sydney Festival

WESLEY Enoch can't wait to bring his new sell-out play home to Brisbane.

The Queensland Theatre Company Artistic Director's latest production Black Diggers has been declared the hit of the Sydney Festival after its debut over the weekend.

The play has been so well received that Enoch told APN a regional Queensland tour and digital state-wide broadcast are currently being considered.

"It's not confirmed yet but there's even talk of it going to Mount Isa," he said.

The show features the interwoven stories of Aboriginal diggers who served in the First World War and their subsequent treatment as returned servicemen.

Enoch and writer Tom Wright spent several years researching the stories, portrayed on stage by an all-male all-Indigenous cast, including a significant amount of time in regional Queensland.

"We went to Stradbroke (Island), out to Ipswich and up near Cairns and Townsville," he said.

A scene from the play Black Diggers during its opening season at the Sydney Opera House. Pic: Branco Gaica.
A scene from the play Black Diggers during its opening season at the Sydney Opera House. Pic: Branco Gaica. Branco Gaica

"Murgon gets mentioned; Cherbourg and Bellenden Ker get mentioned, even Gympie gets mentioned.

"Queensland has great stories. The big challenge for me is how do you tell all those stories, which is why we chose to do it in the way we did it through broader representations of the experiences rather than following specific stories."

Enoch hopes the momentum of the show's Sydney success will carry through to its Brisbane season later this year.

"As we start to sell out in Sydney - we're really selling incredibly well - there's a chance more people will see it in Brisbane," Enoch said.

"What I enjoy is when a really important story can get out to as many people as possible."

Black Diggers opens at the QPAC Playhouse on September 24.

The play finishes at the Sydney Festival on Sunday.


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