Black Border Theatre member, Mark Delphin outside the Butter Factory Theatre

HotHouse Theatre’s Aboriginal theatre ensemble, Black Border, will present its new show, Hacting, 7pm next Monday, 5 December at the Butter Factory Theatre, Lincoln Causeway Wodonga.

Devised by the six young actors – Tahlia Biggs, Isaiah Carney, Mark Delphin, Kyson Edwards, Tiffany Ward and Ezekiel Wighton – and directed by Anni Gifford and Black Border Theatre coordinator, Bobby Whybrow, Hacting is a variety show including song and dance, comedy and horror, and politics.

Bobby said earlier in the year the ensemble worked with HotHouse teaching artist Alyson Evans to devise a piece for NAIDOC week that was well received by the audience, and decided they wanted to gain further experience in creating work that would reflect their voices and experiences.

“They’ve been working each week on this new work, developing a show that will be highly entertaining, and will include audience participation,” he said.

Black Border Theatre began in 2012 as a vehicle for young aspiring Aboriginal performers to be given opportunities to write, devise, design, compose and acquire theatre technical skill.

Ensemble member for three years, Ezekiel Wighton said being part of Black Border had given him confidence and enabled him to complete high school and aspire to go to university.

“I didn’t think I’d get through high school, but did, and want to go on to uni to study film acting and theatre,” he said.

Ezekiel said the audience can expect some serious comedy when they come to see the show, but there will also be a lot of heartfelt material.

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