Black Swan State Theatre Company
The White Divers of Broome
By Hilary Bell
28 January - 16 February 2012
In the boom times of 1912 Broome, Sydney Pigott is a wealthy pearling master
looking for a way around the White Australia Policy, anxious to keep his cheap
Asian workers – and his high profits.
Webber, Sanders and Beasily are the cream of the British Navy deep sea divers.
Hired by Pigott, they arrive in Broome naïvely convinced they’ll prove their
skills when they hit the hazardous seas and collect the precious
mother-of-pearl. But desperate Asian crews, shadowy alliances and the ruthless
environment of Broome are against the white divers from the beginning.
From the brothels to the ballrooms to the deep seas, it’s a cutthroat world and
trust is hard to find.
Inspired by the book of the same name by John Bailey, The White Divers of
Broome is a celebration of boom time Broome and its exotic clash of cultures.
Be captivated by a stirring account of greed, betrayal, loyalty and survival
that resonates through the years.
“Hilary Bell will sweep you along in this epic and heartbreaking story, and
take you back to a time when the racial and class relations in the exotic
frontier town of Broome were watched by the entire country.” Kate Cherry
Venue: Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre of WA
Director: Kate Cherry
Featuring: Caitlin Beresford-Ord, Kylie Farmer [Kaarljilba Kaardn],
Michelle Fornasier, Stuart Halusz, Sean Hawkins, Yutaka Izumihara, Miyuki Lotz,
Greg McNeill, Kenneth Moraleda, Jo Morris, Tom O’Sullivan, Ian Toyne
Tickets: Standard $69.50 / Concession $54.50 / Previews $52.50 / Family
Package $158 / Groups 8+ $53.50 (plus 1 free ticket for every 10 tickets purchased)
/ Students $29.50
Warning: Some coarse language and adult themes.
Bookings: BOCS Ticketing, ph (08) 9484 1133, Groups 8+ ph (08) 9321
More info: www.bsstc.com.au/the-2012-season/the-white-divers-of-broome/