The Visitors

The Visitors 2020 Sydney Festival
Photograph: Jamie James

Time Out says

A pivotal moment in Australia's history comes to life in this Sydney Festival show

Sydney Festival artistic director Wesley Enoch directed both the first production of Muruwari playwright Jane Harrison’s acclaimed play Stolen and its successor, Rainbow’s End, so it’s no surprise he was keen to premiere Harrison’s latest play at this year’s festival. Taking us back to Sydney’s colonial beginnings, it follows the events of January 1788, when the inhabitants of Gadigal land are met with the strange sight of ships arriving in Sydney Harbour. Where are they from? Who do they belong to? Seven clan leaders must decide how their people will respond, with their decision having unforeseen and far-reaching consequences. Directed by Moogahlin Performing Arts artistic director Frederick Copperwaite, it stars an ensemble cast of John Blair, Damion Hunter, Colin Kinchela, Nathan Leslie, Leroy Parsons, Glenn Shea and Kerri Simpson.


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