Dating Black

By Narelle Thorne
Directed by Bruce Denny

A funny and energetic story of the trials and tribulations of dating and finding love.

Date: 16 – 27 Nov 2021 | Venue: Subiaco Arts Centre (Wandaraguttagurrup)

Dating Black

Where: Subiaco Arts Centre, Main Auditorium | 180 Hamersley Road, Subiaco WA 6008 (view on Google Maps)

When: 16 – 27 November 2021

Time: 7:30pm | Matinee Performance: Sat 27 Nov 3:00pm

Post Show Q&A: Wed 24 Nov | Stay in your seats after the performance to hear from creators and artists in a Q&A session.



AUSLAN interpreted performance: Wed 24 Nov
Audio described performance: Thu 25 Nov
Tactile tour available before the show on Thu 25 Nov

Pricing: $35 – $45

Adult: $45
Concession (Full time students, pensioners, Seniors Card holders, junior 16 years and under, unemployed): $35
Preview: $40

Group Bookings
Groups 10+: $35.00
School Groups 10+: $35.00. Receive one complimentary ticket per 10 purchased.

Duration: 90 minutes

Note: Contains coarse language and sexual references. Recommended for ages 15+


Playwright: Narelle Thorne

Director: Bruce Denny

Dramaturg: Polly Low

Set and Costume Designer: Matthew Raven

Lighting Designer: Peter Young

Sound Designer: Ella Portwine

Stage Manager: Jennifer Poh

Cast: Bobbi Henry, Derek Nannup, Maitland Schnaars, Rayma Morrison, Tegan Mulvany



Dating Black by Narelle Thorne

The latest work to have come out of Yirra Yaakin Writers’ Group, Dating Black will be the first play by new playwright Narelle Thorne.

Djinda has come out of a bad marriage and moved back in with family. Her best friend Hope is also single and ready to mingle. “Window shopping is what she enjoys most”. Djinda’s brother is very protective of her and ready to take on anyone that might risk her heart being broken again. Justin is the new man on the scene but is he too smooth? No one comes without baggage after 30!

A funny and energetic story of the trials and tribulations of dating and finding love as a mature adult – compounded by being a blackfulla and the comedic threat of being related, even distantly, to anyone that shows an interest. How do we find love and understanding later in life?

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Journey Ticket

Come on the journey of staging a world premiere production with the cast and crew of Dating Black by Narelle Thorne!

The Dating Black Journey Ticket offers you an opportunity to witness the process that the cast and crew undertake to put a production onto the stage.

It includes exclusive access to join the team at 4 integral points within the rehearsal and technical process, and 1 ticket to a performance within the season!

Dates & Times*:

  1. Monday 11th October | 10.00am – 12.30pm | Meet & greet | First read and Design Presentation
  2. Monday 25th October | 2.00pm – 4.00pm | Moved Rough Run
  3. Tuesday 9th November | 2.00pm – 3.00pm | LX & Sound plotting (without cast)
  4. Thursday 11th of November | 10:00am – 11:00am | Tech Rehearsal
  5. 1 ticket to any show across the season (except Opening Night) – 19th – 27th of November. Please let us know of which date you will be attending as early as possible so we can arrange the ticket.

Venue: Subiaco Arts Centre | 180 Hamersley Road, Subiaco WA 6008

*Note: All dates and times are subject to change.

To purchase or enquire about a Journey Ticket, please email

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