Black Diggers to be simulcast at the Moncrieff

AS A forerunner to the live simulcast presentation of the highly acclaimed production Black Diggers, Queensland Theatre Company's artistic director Wesley Enoch will be visiting the Moncrieff Theatre on Monday, September 1.

Bundaberg has been selected as one of the regional centres to take the live simulcast on October 8 and Mr Enoch is visiting to relate the story behind the production and to discuss future plans for QTC's involvement in regional Queensland.

Black Diggers is written by Australian playwright Tom Wright and directed by Wesley Enoch and relates the untold story of indigenous soldiers in the First World War. 

"Shunned in their own country, they took up arms to defend the free world. For them, the horror of war on a Gallipoli beach was an escape from the shackles of racism at home," Mr Enoch said.

Bundaberg Regional Council venues portfolio spokeswoman Lynne Forgan said simulcasts at the Moncrieff Theatre had proved exceptionally popular and Black Diggers would have wide public appeal.

"With 2015 marking 100 years since the legendary Anzac landing at Gallipoli, this story is extremely timely," she said.

"Our community has embraced the simulcast concept which opens up enjoyment of great theatre without having to travel to capital cities to access the shows.

"Council and the community will be interested to hear what Mr Enoch has to say regarding the QTC's plans for future engagement with regional Queensland."

Minister Assisting the Premier on the Anzac Centenary Glen Elmes said the State Government was pleased to assist the live simulcast to venues in nine major regional centres.