Jason Blake, Sydney Morning Herald, 19 January 2015
"Drawing on documentary and verbatim sources held at the Australian War Memorial, Tom Wright's script is a series of short vignettes organised into thematic strands. We observe events from the standpoints of several characters. There is humour and satire. Scenes of sudden action and high drama are interspersed with songs, hymns and “Dear mum” readings from personal correspondence."
This major theatre project set out to explore Indigenous military service in the first world war, and reflect upon the remarkable absence of those stories from our national history and mythologising of that conflict.
To mark the centenary of World War I, Black Diggers tells the untold stories of Indigenous diggers. Directed by Queensland Theatre Company artistic director Wesley Enoch and featuring a cast of nine of the foremost Indigenous Australian actors, Black Diggers uses writer Tom Wright’s extensive research to shed new light on the war and its forgotten heroes.