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: 75 minutes

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


Playwright: Narelle Thorne

Director: Bruce Denny

Assistant Director: Marlanie Haerewa

Dramaturg: Polly Low

Producer: Elinor King

Production Manager: Mike Nanning

Set and Costume Designer: Matthew Raven

Lighting Designer: Peter Young

Sound Designer: Ella Portwine

Stage Manager: Jennifer Poh

Assistant Stage Manager: Helah Milroy

Choreographer: Nadia Martich

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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Extended Experiences

Extend your experience of watching Dating Black by Narelle Thorne with the following events and deals!


Dating Black Singles Night (with Famous Sharron!)

Join us before the show on Tuesday 23 November for Dating Black Singles Night, hosted and MC’d by the fabulous Famous Sharron!

There will be free pink gin and tonic, roseand WA pale ale, thanks to our hospitality partners Wise Wine and Spinifex Brewing Co, and the chance to win an overnight stay at Vibe Hotel Subiaco!

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Vibe Hotel Subiaco Deals for Dating Black Attendees

Vibe Hotel Subiaco is offering Dating Black ticket buyers a 20% discount for their hotel and a 10% discount for their in-hotel restaurant, Shorehouse.

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