Jimmy Chi’s coming-of-age musical comedy Bran Nue Dae is an exuberant ride through 1960s Western Australia. Young Willie embarks on a journey of discovery, hitchhiking his way from mission school back to Broome, determined to win the heart of the girl he left behind.
The first ever Aboriginal musical celebrates family, forgiveness and reconciliation with a feel-good mash-up of rock-and-roll, gospel, country and blues music. It returns to the stage 30 years after its sparkling 1990 debut.
Bran Nue Dae plays as part of Sydney Festival January 16 – February 1.


Be transported to nineteenth century France with one of the world’s most iconic musicals. Based on Victor Hugo’s novel, Les Misérables is a poignant, emotional story that follows ex-convict Jean Valjean’s lifelong struggle for redemption after being imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread. Once released he remains an outcast of society and in a stroke of desperation breaks his parole to gain his freedom. Police inspector Javert vows to hunt him down and bring Valjean to justice.
Set amidst the political upheaval of a developing France, accompanied by a heart-wrenching score, including some of the most well-known musical theatre hits such as I Dreamed a Dream, On My Own, Stars, Bring Him Home and One Day More, Les Misérables is a must-see classic that will stay with you for years to come.
Les Misérables plays at Riverside February 14 – 29


Unapologetic, piercing and deliciously funny, Lady Tabouli is James Elazzi‘s unflinching clash of cultures and searing look at how expectations can eat away at us until we decide to change the rules.
It’s the day of his nephew’s baptism and Danny is godfather. Living at home with his religious Lebanese mother, he’s thrown into the maelstrom of preparations and high emotions: God forbid this christening comes second to the Boustanis’! The family can’t afford to lose face, especially with Danny recently and mysteriously calling off his engagement.
Lady Tabouli plays as part of Sydney Festival January 9 – 18 at Riverside


Creatively developed with a cast of young dancers and the musicians of the Western Sydney Youth Orchestra, and in collaboration with a group of award-winning Australian artists including writer Felicity Castagna, composers Amanda Brown from The Go-Betweens and Jodi Phillis from The Clouds, Encounter celebrates young people growing up in urban and regional communities.
This free event as part of Sydney Festival takes place in Prince Alfred Square (opposite Riverside Theatres) January 10 – 12. Please bring picnic blankets and low chairs.


This funny and moving play is about more than sport – it’s a story of resilience, resistance and inspiration.
In 1868, 13 Aboriginal men from country Victoria became the first Australian cricket team to tour England. Starring Australia’s first Indigenous sporting hero Unaarrimin, AKA Johnny Mullagh, they represented a nation in waiting that wouldn’t recognise their rights – or even their humanity – for another century.
Black Cockatoo plays at Riverside February 18 – 22 and is a story of triumph and tragedy, from the wild frontiers of western Victoria to the upper-class home of cricket, Lord’s.

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