★★★★★ “Choir Boy delivers in every single way.” – Time Out
★★★★½ “[Darron] Hayes is a force to be reckoned with” – Theatre Thoughts
★★★★ “Hayes is a livewire Pharus: funny and sassy” – Sydney Morning Herald
★★★★ “It’s a privilege to see an international and local cast of this calibre come together. All deliver nuanced performances“. – Limelight
★★★★ “Hayes finds that aware self-discipline in a stunning performance that reaches into the hearts of the audience” – Stage Whispers
★★★★ “A poignant work of theatre “- Suzy Go See
“a heart wrenching gut punch of a powerhouse work of masterful theatre – so carefully crafted and performed with such passion, it is not hard to see why audiences are flocking to see this production.” – Arts Review
★★★★ “Darron Hayes, is an effervescent, superbly engaging lead. He’s complemented by brilliant supporting players” – Arts Hub
Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta
in association with Sydney World Pride present
By Tarell Alvin McCraney
Directed by Dino Dimitriadis and Zindzi Okenyo
Written by Oscar-winner Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight) this Tony-nominated play – threaded throughout with soul-stirring a cappella gospel hymns – is the story of a young gay black man and his battle between identity and community. Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta presents the Australian Premiere of this gripping story at Riverside Theatres from February 2023.
Determined to make his mark, Pharus Young is hell-bent on being the best choir leader in the 50 year history of Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys. In a world built on dusty rites and rituals, how can he maintain his shine while trying to conform to masculine expectations and gain the respect of the choristers he leads?
Directors Dino Dimitriadis (Overflow, Cleansed) and Zindzi Okenyo (seven methods of killing kylie jenner, Orange Thrower) lead a sensational Australian and International team, presenting Academy Award winner Tarell Alvin McCraney’s (Moonlight) delicate, brutal script. Music Direction by Allen René Louis (Broadway Inspirational Voices) blends the language of high school hallways with the soulful sounds of gospel for an unforgettable night at the theatre.
Additional show info: This production includes
Simulated violence, coarse language, homophobic slurs, racial slurs, partial nudity, sexual references, and haze.
– please contact our box office if you would like to discuss further.
Choir Boy Events
Exclusive Q&A with playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney – Thursday 2 March 8pm
Grab your tickets for our performance of Choir Boy on Thursday 2 March that will include an exclusive Q & A with playwright, Tarell Alvin McCraney and NTofP Executive Producer, Joanne Kee. This is a wonderful opportunity to gain insight into the beautiful writing of Choir Boy and ask your burning questions.
UPCOMING PERFORMANCES ON TOUR
Tuesday 14 February 2023 at 8pm – Preview
Wednesday 15 February 2023 at 8pm – Preview TRUE WEST YOUTH night
Thursday 16 February 2023 at 8pm – Preview
Friday 17 February 2023 at 8pm – Preview CHOIR and INDUSTRY evening
Saturday 18 February 2023 at 8pm – Opening Night
Wednesday 22 February 2023 at 8pm
Thursday 23 February 2023 at 8pm
Friday 24 February 2023 at 8pm
Saturday 25 February 2023 at 2pm
Saturday 25 February 2023 at 8pm
Tuesday 28 February 2023 at 11am (+ Q&A with cast) – Special Offer
Wednesday 1 March 2023 at 8pm
Thursday 2 March 2023 at 8pm includes access to an exclusive Q&A with playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney
Friday 3 March 2023 at 8pm
Saturday 4 March 2023 at 2pm
Saturday 4 March 2023 at 8pm
Friday 10 March 2023 at 8pm
Saturday 11 March 2023 at 2pm
Saturday 11 March 2023 at 8pm
Tuesday 28 February 2023 at 11am
Tuesday 7 March 2023 at 11am