Nakkiah Lui’s hit comedy takes its audience to the glamorous holiday home of Ray and Joan Gibson (played by Tony Briggs and Melodie Reynolds-Diarra), Aboriginal community leaders who have everything most people could want from life: status; money; a beautiful home (or two), and a successful family doing well for themselves.
It’s Christmas and both of the Gibson daughters are in town. Charlotte (Shari Sebbens) is a lawyer approaching professional and personal burnout. Rose (Miranda Tapsell) is a successful fashion designer married to Sonny (Anthony Taufa), a former rugby star and born again Christian.
But before the turkey can be carved, Charlotte has a few things she needs to air …
Think Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? Think Romeo and Juliet meet the Fockers. Think one of the most entertaining and incisive comedies of recent years.
For Lui, the experience of watching her comedy come to life and speak to the broadest possible audience was a highlight of her burgeoning career.
“What I learned most was that comedy is one of the strongest tools a writer has,” she says. “As an Aboriginal person, it’s hard as a writer to sit in a place of tragedy every time. And I mean really hard. Ultimately for me, every story has to come from a place of truth but sometimes you have to find the lightness and the brightness in life. That’s not to diminish tragedy or sadness, but sometimes you have to find another way to get through to people.”