Queensland Theatre presents City of Gold, written by and starring Meyne Wyatt. Inspired by his own experiences, Wyatt has written a play that will leave audiences questioning their own preconceptions about modern Indigenous culture. City of Gold is an honest look at the challenges facing some young Indigenous Australians working to carve out a future in modern society whilst striving to maintain their connection to community and country.
Meyne Wyatt said the story had to be told. “My dad passed away in 2015 and I found myself really disillusioned with the world, the industry and myself; I had lost my passion. At the same time in my hometown of Kalgoorlie, a 14-year-old Aboriginal boy was killed by a hit-and-run driver, who ended up serving just 15 months. Down south, the Adam Goodes story was playing out on and off the footy field. This series of events prompted me to sit down and write City of Gold.” Meyne said the story has the potential to be divisive. “There’s absolutely controversial lines, acts and characters in City of Gold. The story dives into dark and deep territory, with the humour as a release valve.”
Wyatt will be joined by an experienced cast including Matilda Award winning actor Anthony Standish, Matilda Award nominated Jeremy Ambrum and Logie award-winning Shari Sebbens. A number of the cast will be making their Queensland Theatre debut including Maitland Schnaars, Mathew Cooper and Christopher Stollery. The creatives behind City of Gold are some of the country’s most acclaimed. Australian actor Isaac Drandic will direct, with Dramaturgy by Paige Rattray. Famed design team Simone Tesorieri and Simona Cosentini will bring the set to life, with costume designer Nathalie Ryner, lighting designer Jason Glenwright and Tony Brumpton as composer and sound designer.
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