Merrigong Theatre Company presents Sydney Theatre Company & Moogahlin Performing Arts’s The Visitors, by Muruwari playwright Jane Harrison, at Illawarra Performing Arts Centre from 25 to 28 October.
On a sweltering day in January 1788, seven clan leaders gather on a sandstone escarpment overlooking the harbour. The attendees, six Elders and one new initiate catch up, laugh together, share a meal and compare notes. But beyond the friendly banter, protocols, and hospitality, a momentous decision awaits.
A mysterious fleet of giant nawi is amassing in the harbour, and as they creep closer, these seven representatives must choose unanimously: Should they send these strangers on their way or welcome them?