BLACK DIGGERS: Queensland Theatre Company Artistic Director Wesley Enoch (centre) at the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre and talks with indigenous diggers Graeme Brown, Steve Collins, Ashley Eggmolesse and Noel Pope ahead of the live screening of Black Diggers. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
BLACK DIGGERS: Queensland Theatre Company Artistic Director Wesley Enoch (centre) at the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre and talks with indigenous diggers Graeme Brown, Steve Collins, Ashley Eggmolesse and Noel Pope ahead of the live screening of Black Diggers. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet

Indigenous diggers honoured in new stage play

ONE hundred years ago, men all over the world enlisted to fight in the First World War - including more than 1000 indigenous Australians.

Black Diggers is a unique stage depiction bringing to light the untold story of indigenous diggers during the First World War.

Following a sold-out season at the Sydney Festival, Black Diggers is set to start its Brisbane run later this month and thanks to funding from the State Government the play will be simulcast live at the Moncrieff Theatre as well as nine other major regional centres.

Queensland Theatre Company artistic director Wesley Enoch, who directed the play written by Tom Wright, was in Bundaberg yesterday to meet former indigenous servicemen and discuss the story behind the powerful production.

"These stories of black diggers have not been told," he said. "We are doing this digital broadcast because it is important to get this message out there."

Former serviceman Graeme Brown who served two tours in Somalia and East Timor said honouring the indigenous men who fought in the Great War was very important.

Black Diggers
Where: Moncrieff Theatre
When: Wednesday, October 8
Contact: 41304100