Once in a blue moon, in the middle of nowhere, two teenage boys meet under a lemon tree. After a rough start, a fragile friendship fruits into a heady romance. Ty and Neddy fall madly in love, as teenagers are wont to do.

If history would just unfurl a little differently, the boys might have a beautiful future ahead of them. But without knowing it, Ty and Neddy are poised on the brink of a world that is about to change forever. It’s the early 19th century. Ty is River Mob. Neddy is Mountain Mob. And the earth they stand together on is about to be declared ‘Australia’.

In his young career, Dylan Van Den Berg has won the Griffin Award, the Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award, and the Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. In Whitefella Yella Tree he has penned a heart-warming and heartbreaking story about love, Country, and Blak queerness throughout history. Starring Helpmann Award-winner Guy Simon (First Love is the Revolution, Wakefield), and nurtured through our Griffin Studio program, Whitefella Yella Tree is a force of nature and a tender first kiss.

From Declan
‘While developing Whitefella Yella Tree, we asked playwright Dylan who his dream actor would be, and he said, without pausing: “Guy Simon”. We’re delighted that after reading, Guy felt the same way—he inhabits every tender corner of this luminous love story. Bring tissues. Lots and lots of tissues.’

Cast & Creatives

Co-Directors Declan Greene and Amy Sole
Designer Mason Browne
Lighting Designer Kelsey Lee
Composer & Sound Designer Steve Toulmin
Dramaturg Andrea James
Stage Manager Isabella Kerdijk
Intimacy Coordinator Akala Newman courtesy of Key Intimate Scenes
 Callan Purcell, Guy Simon

Performance Times

Preview 19 – 22 August
Opening Nights 24 & 25 August
Season 26 August – 23 September

Performance Times
Monday – Friday 7pm
Saturday 1pm & 7pm

Meet the Artists
Tuesday 30 August

Captioned Performance
Tuesday 6 September

Australian Theatre Live Performance
Monday 12 September
Please note: this performance will be filmed by Australian Theatre Live. All tickets are $20 for this performance.

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 Main Season Ticket Pricing

Full $62
Senior, Preview, Groups 8+ $52
Concession $46
Under 35 $38
Monday Rush* $20

*Monday Rush tickets are available online and over the phone on Mondays from noon, for that evening’s performance until sold out. 

Please note: all tickets for the performance on Monday 12 September are $20 as the performance will be filmed by Australian Theatre Live.

2022 Season Subscription Pricing

6 Play 5 Play 4 Play
Full $288 Full $255 Full $216
Senior, Preview $240 Senior, Preview $205 Senior, Preview $176
Concession $210 Concession $185 Concession $156
Under 35 $192 Under 35 $170 Under 35 $140
3 Play 2 Play Griffin Lookout
Full $168 Full $116 Single $35
Senior, Preview $138 Senior, Preview $98 2-pack $64
Concession $123 Concession $86 Concession
Under 35 $108 Under 35 $74 Under 35

Meet the Team

Content Warning

Whitefella Yella Tree contains sex scenes and weapons. It contains descriptions and representations of colonial violence.