Where Brisbane - - What’s On - Un­til 8 Oc­to­ber, Bille Brown Stu­dio, 78 Mon­tague Road, South Bris­bane. 1800 355 528. queens­landthe­

Judge Pey­ton is dead, and his plan­ta­tion Ter­re­bonne is on the brink of fore­clo­sure. Ge­orge, the high-minded heir ap­par­ent, falls for the lovely Zoe, who’s one-eighth black. But the big­oted belle Dora has eyes for Ge­orge, and the das­tardly over­seer M’closky plots to keep Zoe and Ter­re­bonne for him­self. To­day—with race still as in­cen­di­ary a global is­sue as it was then— Bran­den Ja­cobs-jenk­ins has torn apart and re­built the orig­i­nal text as a tow­er­ing, im­mer­sive and wildly funny the­atri­cal ex­pe­ri­ence like no other.

Colin Smith, “An Octoroon”. Photo: David Kelly.

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