Last night, the world premiere of Tom Wright's Black Diggers previewed at the Drama Theatre of the Sydney Opera House.

Wesley Enoch, who directs the play, came on stage to introduce the performance and let the audience know that their reaction to the drama was being closely observed.

The program references South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation commission's four types of truth.

With overtones of Mother Courage, which features in the Curriculum Vitaes of the director and two of the actors, the bleak single set is "repainted" by the actors, between Acts!

The drama is a series of vignettes, drawing on the lives of real indigenous diggers - who like their white counterparts, set off on an adventure to see the world and serve their country.

The play captures the familiar jocularity and bravado of the young men and children setting off on an adventure.

Douglas Grant's life has inspired one of the characters, whose life, from cradle to grave, is depicted in several scenes.

The play covers the men enlisting, and the assessment of the "europeaness". When conscription comes in, they take everyone. In the army and trenches life is different.

The men who survive the trenches come home, some are traumatised, some do well. Indigenous diggers and their white mates are in for a shock - while their services were accepted, a "White Australia" isn't about to grant them any rights.

Paraphrasing Enoch, Black Diggers will preview for a week or so, at the Sydney Festival, before its season in Queensland.

"Their stories are told by Indigenous actors and one Vietnam war veteran, George Bostock" -more (Transcript from World News Australia Radio)

Black Diggers runs to 26 January 2014 at the Drama Theatre,. Sydney Opera House.

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