Sydney Premiere

Melbourne-based poet wāni Le Frère transports audiences through the world of a third-culture generation, delivering a raw performance of vulnerability, resilience and honesty in an evening of spoken word poetry.

An ode to the flourishing of life and the telling of the untold, the show pays tribute to the incredible lineage of storytelling embedded deep within the black/African diaspora.

Through a lens both retrospective and current, Tales of an Afronaut stems from a need to reclaim self and that space in which self exists. It’s a journey of learning, sharing, vulnerability and survival, a love letter to black people. It’s an evening like nothing else.

Winner, Best Performance in Contemporary or Experimental Performance, Green Room Awards 2018

This show contains explicit language and references to sexual violence.

Image: Ruth Ruach

Cast & Creatives

Created and performed by wāni Le Frère
Producer Naomi Velaphi
Dancer Pollo

Performance Times

Wednesday 1 May 8.30pm
Thursday 2 May 8.30pm
Friday 3 May 8.30pm
Saturday 4 May 8.30pm

Supported By

The development of this work was made possible thanks to Arts House through the City if Melbourne.

Blog Posts

In Conversation: wani Le Frère


wāni Le Frère is the Creator and Performer of Tales of an Afronaut, playing at Griffin Theatre Company from 1-4 May as part of Batch Festival 2019. Leading up to the show, wāni shared some thoughts behind his journey with the...

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5 Questions with wāni Le Frère


wāni Le Frère is bringing his smash-hit show Tales of an Afronaut to Batch Festival 2019 for a special four-night run at the Stables. An evening of spoken word like no other, the show will transport audiences through the world of a...

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