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Black Drop Effect

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Bankstown Arts Centre

5 Olympic Parade

Bankstown, NSW 2200


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Bankstown Arts Centre in collaboration with Sydney Festival presents the world premiere of Black Drop Effect, a new play by Nardi Simpson.

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Preview: Tuesday 14 January, 8pm

Thursday 16 January, 8pm (includes Audio-descriptiopn and AUSLAN interpretation)

Friday 17 January, 8pm
Saturday 18 January, 8pm

Where: Bankstown Arts Centre

Age: Recommended for 15 years and over

*Tickets: $35, ^concession and preview $30

* Bankstown Arts Centre does not accept cash or over-the-counter payment. Tickets can be purchased online through Eventbrite or via Sydney Festival website only.

^ Concession tickets are available for the following: full-time tertiary students, pensioners, Seniors Card holders, children 16 years and under, unemployed. Proof of concession must be produced at the events to obtain the concession or child price.

Bankstown Arts Centre supports the Companion Card program. For patrons who require assistance of a companion or carer, a second ticket is issued at no cost to the Companion Card holder. The companion ticket must be booked at the same time as the purchased ticket. Proof of Companion Card must be produced at the events.


Binno, an Aboriginal elder, once a member of a well-known community dance group, has been asked to present a series of traditional dances for a 26 January celebration. Pip, the organiser, has also booked Andy, a celebrated actor to read extracts from Captain Cook's diaries. Binno is unsure but his sister, the straight-talking Beenie (Venus), convinces him to teach the dances to Max, Charlie Boy and Brayden, three young men seeking connections with culture, country and their place in the world. These young men bring modern complexities to traditional ways and, as they learn the dances and understand their meanings, become part of Binno and Beenie's bigger plan.

Produced by Bankstown Arts Centre, Black Drop Effect is an important new work that responds to the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook's landing in Australia. Black drop effect refers to an optical illusion created during the transit of Venus. Captain Cook's mission in 1769-70 was to chart the transit of Venus from Tahiti before sailing south-west to explore the Southern Terra Australis. This powerful play examines disparate and adversarial views about Captain Cook's legacy to Australian history and nationhood. Written by Yuwaalaraay woman, Nardi Simpson and created by collective of First Nation and non-Indigenous artists led by director Felix Cross, Black Drop Effect is an immersive, multi-layered performance that explores black/white and generational conflict, and the ongoing effects of colonisation.


Binno William McPherson

Beenie Marlene Cummins

Pip Jane Phegan

Andy Anthony Hunt

Max Googoorewon Knox

Brayden Isaiah Kennedy

Charley Boy Ken Weldon


Writer Nardi Simpson

Director Felix Cross

Producer Katrina Douglas

Executive Producer Vandana Ram

Production Manager Amber Silk

Video Designer Mic Gruchy

Visual Designer Lucy Simpson

Composer/Sound Designer James Henry

Choreographer Matthew Doyle

Lighting Designer Karen Norris

Stage Manager Frankie Clarke

Assistant Production Manager Emjay Matthews

Assistant Stage Manager Bianca Cruse


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander audiences are advised that Black Drop Effect may contain images and historic writings that may cause distress and offence.

Black Drop Effect occasionally contains strong language, which may be unsuitable for young people under 15 years. Parental guidance is recommended.

Black Drop Effect is an outdoor work performed in the courtyard at the Bankstown Arts Centre. Audiences are encouraged to dress appropriately.


The Centre is wheelchair accessible, including toilet facilities and a lift to all floors. The theatre has a hearing loop. Visitors with restricted mobility can enjoy all public spaces at the Arts Centre. Accessible parking is also available at Olympic Parade carpark. The closest accessible train station is Bankstown Train Station (5 minutes).


Black Drop Effect is proudly supported by Sydney Festival, the Federal Government through Indigenous Language and Arts, and the NSW Government through Create NSW.

Bankstown Arts Centre is situated on Dharug Country. City of Canterbury Bankstown acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land and pays respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

Photography by Christopher Woe

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