Black Drop Effect

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

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


Preview: Tuesday 14 January, 8pm
Thursday 16 January, 8pm (this performance includes AUSLAN interpretation​​)
Friday 17 January, 8pm
Saturday 18 January, 8pm (this performance includes Audio-describption)

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 the booking link below 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.



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.


  • 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
  • Visual Designer Lucy Simpson
  • Composer James Henry
  • Choreographer Matthew Doyle
  • Video Design Mic Gruchy
  • Lighting Design Karen Norris
  • Production Manager Amber Silk
  • Stage Manager Frankie Clarke
  • Assistant Production Manager Emjay Matthews
  • ASMs Steph Storr & Bianca Cruse
  • Still Photography Chris Woe
  • Producer Katrina Douglas
  • Executive Producer Vandana Ram
  • Images Billy McPherson and Googoorewon Knox/ Photography by Chris Woe
  • Artwork Lucy Simpson
  • Roger Knox's recording of 'Koori Rose' by Merv Lowry is played with permission from Roger Knox
  • Video Documentation Fadle El Harris

Black Drop Effect Program.pdf


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.

Hero image by Christopher Woe.


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