Rehearsals are in full swing for Black Swan State Theatre Company’s production of The White Divers of Broome.

This is the world premier of this epic work by acclaimed writer Hilary Bell.

Award winning director Kate Cherry leads the cast that includes Miyuki Lotz, Kylie Farmer, Yutaka Izumihara and Ian Toyne.

Kenneth Moraleda plays Bin Mahomet, and ageing Malay ex-diver turned tender facing a series events that challenges his norm. As White English divers threaten to replace Asiatic pearl diving crews and workers, Bin Mahomet is faced with a proposition that will test a new found unlikely friendship.

The White Divers of Broome in rehearsal. L-R Ian Toyne, Tom O’Sullivan, Kenneth Moraleda, Nick Candy, Sean Hawinks. Image by Gary Marsh Photography 2012

Below is a behind the scenes video from Black Swan State Theatre Company. Director Kate Cherry and playwright Hilary Bell are interviewed as well as actors Kylie Farmer, Miyuki Lotz, Jo Morris, Tom O’Sullivan, Stuart Halusz, and Sean Hawkins.

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The White Divers of Broome was commissioned by Black Swan State Theatre Company as part of the Rio Tinto Black Swan Commissions.

By Hilary Bell. Inspired by The White Divers of Broome by John Bailey.

Cast Includes: Caitlin Beresford-Ord, Nick Candy, Adriane Daff, Kylie Farmer [Kaarljilba Kaardn], Michelle Fornasier, Stuart Halusz, Sean Hawkins, Yutaka Izumihara, Miyuki Lotz, Greg McNeill, Kenneth Moraleda, Jo Morris, Tom O’Sullivan, Ian Toyne

Director: Kate Cherry

Designers: Set Designer Bruce McKinven, Costume Designer Alicia Clements, Lighting Designer Trent Suidgeest, Sound Designer Ben Collins, Movement Director Claudia Alessi, Assistant Director Damon Lockwood

28 January – 16 February 2012
Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre of WA

Duration: Approx. 2 hrs 30 mins [incl. interval]
Warning: Some coarse language and adult themes

A Perth International Arts Festival event.