"Our people are dying. Wake up."


Young actor Breythe left Kalgoorlie dreaming of a dazzling career.

Now he’s found himself starring in a controversial Australia Day ad that pays big, but draws the ire of his mob. Racism is subtle but persistent in an industry where directors request he darken up for ‘authenticity’ and typecast him as ‘tracker,’ ‘drinker’ or ‘thief.’

Returning home, Breythe’s just as alienated from country and lore. His cultural capital distances him from furious brother Mateo and activist sister Carina, all of them struggling with regret and responsibility after their father’s death.

Meyne Wyatt burst onto the acting scene in 2011’s Silent Disco at Griffin, going on to grace our screens (The Sapphires, Redfern Now, Mystery Road) and star on the Broadway stage (Peter Pan). Now he returns to the Stables as a playwright who is as courageous as he is merciless. It may be unclear where character ends and creator begins.

City of Gold is a howl of rage at the injustice, inequality and wilful amnesia of this country’s 21st century. It’s an urgent play for our moment from a vital new voice. As Childish Gambino sings across the Pacific ‘This is America,’ Meyne Wyatt calls back loudly ‘This is Australia.’

A co-production with Queensland Theatre

This show contains adult themes, theatrical haze and strobe lighting.

Cast & Creatives

Director Isaac Drandic
Assistant Director Shari Indriani
Set Designers Simone Tesorieri & Simona Cosentini
Lighting Designer Jason Glenwright
Sound Designer Tony Brumpton
Costume Designer Nathalie Ryner
Dramaturg Paige Rattray
Fight Director Nigel Poulton
Directorial Observation ​​Hannah Belanszky
Stage Manager Khym Scott
Assistant Stage Manager Ella Griffin

Uncle Gary Cooper
Aunty Rayma (McGrath) Morrison

With  Jeremy Ambrum, Mathew Cooper, Maitland Schnaars, Shari Sebbens, Anthony Standish, Christopher Stollery, Meyne Wyatt

Performance Times

Preview 26 – 30 July
Opening Nights 31 July & 1 August
Season 2 August – 31 August

Performance Times
Monday – Friday 7pm
Saturday 2pm & 7pm
Wednesday 28 August 2pm & 7pm

Meet The Artists
Tuesday 6 August

Captioned Performance
Tuesday 27 August

Running Time
Approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes including a 20 minute interval



5 Play 4 Play 3 Play
Full $255 Full $216 Full $168
Concession, Preview $205 Concession, Preview $172 Concession, Preview $138
Under 35 $170 Under 35 $140 Under 35 $108
5 Play 
Full $255
Concession, Preview $205
Under 35 $170
4 Play 
Full $216
Concession, Preview $172
Under 35 $140
3 Play
Full $168
Concession, Preview $138
Under 35 $108


Single Tickets

Full $62
Concession / Preview / Groups 8+ $52
Under 35 $38
Monday Rush $20


Single tickets on sale Monday 3 December 2018
Transaction fees of $4 for online bookings and $6 for phone bookings apply



Lee Lewis on City of Gold

Supported by

This project has been assisted by Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

Supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund

And Griffin’s Production Partner program:

Production Patrons
Bruce Meagher & Greg Waters
Ann & Brian O’Connell (in memoriam)
Julia Pincus & Ian Learmonth
Malcolm Robertson Foundation
The Sky Foundation

Production Supporters
David Marr & Sebastian Tesoriero

Sponsors & Partners