By Nakkiah Lui
11 November - 17 December 2022
Prepare for plumage, puns, and political incorrectness gone mad. May we present: Blaque Showgirls!
A lonely kid in rural Australia, fair-skinned Sarah Jane Jones is deathly sure of two things: 1. She’s the best dancer in the whole town of Chithole, and 2. She’s a proud Aboriginal woman. As it stands, there’s very little proof of either of these things.
So, when a long-lost photograph offers hope of her Indigenous ancestry, Sarah Jane high-tails it to the glitziest casino in Queensland. Her mission? To land a role in the First Nations burlesque spectacular: ‘Blaque Showgirls’. But fame and fortune is not the easy path Sarah Jane imagined—and she must learn some outrageous new moves to push to the front of this chorus line.
A twisted reinvention of the so-bad-it’s-good cinematic masterpiece Showgirls, the acidic pen of Nakkiah Lui (Black is the New White) delivers her trademark mix of wit and balls-to-the-wall silliness. Superstar director Shari Sebbens (Superheroes) jam-packs a rhinestoned arena spectacular into the SBW Stables Theatre.
‘Following her acclaimed direction of the gentle, emotionally-resonant Superheroes, Shari returns to Griffin to helm a play that is… absolutely nothing like that. Of all the plays I’ve seen that end with a ribbon-dance set to Daryl Braithwaite’s The Horses, this one definitely has the most boob jokes. But it’s Nakkiah, so naturally it’s also painfully, painfully smart. Did I mention it closes two weeks before Christmas? Why not bring the whole family! (That’s a joke. Please, for the love of God, don’t bring your family.)
Director Shari Sebbens
Preview 11 – 14 November
Opening Nights 16 & 17 November
Season 18 November – 17 December
Monday – Friday 7pm
Saturday 1pm & 7pm
Meet the Artists
Tuesday 22 November
Tuesday 29 November
Please note, there is a complete lock-out on all performances and latecomers won’t be admitted, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get to us, grab a drink, and get settled.
2022 Season Subscription Pricing
|6 Play||5 Play||4 Play|
|Senior, Preview||$240||Senior, Preview||$205||Senior, Preview||$176|
|Under 35||$192||Under 35||$170||Under 35||$140|
|3 Play||2 Play||Griffin Lookout|
|Senior, Preview||$138||Senior, Preview||$98||2-pack||$64|
|Under 35||$108||Under 35||$74||Under 35|
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Blaque Showgirls was commissioned and produced by Malthouse Theatre and premiered in the Merlyn Theatre on 11 November, 2016.
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