And I'm the Queen of Sheba

Brown's Mart  Theatre, Darwin

17 November 2016

'I have never been moved so much by a play, the content of the story, the issues. I have only ever wanted to be involved in plays written by Aboriginal people, with Aboriginal actors and Aboriginal content, the way we live it, our lives, political or cultural. I don’t recall a play moving me so much … I don’t know if there has been any other plays like this …  how bigger can you get in reconciliation than that?   For me it’s an opening up, an opening up that invitation to let’s talk, let’s get it on in this country … everyone’s feeling on thin ice all the time about this sort of stuff, yeah, about the history of the foundation of Australia …It actually takes both parties to move on and it takes both parties to, to talk and that, that play’s done that. …'

Ali Mills Senior Larrakia Woman, Darwin NT

'For me especially … it was very emotional and very moving and I am very grateful … for once in my life I feel that true feeling of privilege, ‘cos we thought people didn’t hear our thoughts, you know we are always winging blacks you know, always dwelling on the past, and thinking that you know well, no-one really has the feeling, but the feeling was here in this play and shocking for me at the end when the stolen generation business came out. I looked at your note (the writer’s note in the program: A divided house shall not stand. Matthew 12) and thought that how ironic,  you know,  a divided house is what we are experiencing, Australia and the indigenous people, it was very brave of you.

The government talks about closing the gap, this  (play) was bringing us together not as a landfill but as a people, the emotions, very emotional for me, very candid, controversial …

And the title, the Queen of Sheba, you know that was a control mechanism for us, pull everyone back into thing, who do you think you are? The Queen of Sheba? You know, white pulling the black, you come back here. That was the way they used to control us. … It’s a marvellous play.

Very clever, very clever.'

Kathy Mills  Senior  Kungarakan woman, Batchelor NT and member of the Stolen Generation

'As a person who has spent most of my life on a cattle station I found the play very moving and spot on. It was by far the best play I have seen. It was Australian acting at its best, beautifully written and thoroughly researched. I thought that it was an intimate observation of cattle station life and it's characters including real issues of history and also obstacles that are still current today. I felt that there was nothing missed. The relationships between the characters are just how it is on a cattle station.  Everyone has weaknesses and strengths and you have to work together and live together and give a bit because you don't have a choice, there's no one else. The play was so entertaining, fun and intense. I laughed (mostly at Frank my favourite character) and cried. It accurately shows the frustrations from the absence of solutions and resources that you have access to in town. It explores the sense of belonging and how important it is to people from all different backgrounds. It makes you think about whether it is or is not irrational to try to hold on to something when it is all but gone at the tail end of life.  It was brilliant and I would go and see it again. I love this play because it educational and helps bridge the gap between urban Australia and rural Australia raising awareness to life in the Outback the ongoing challenges for those producing food for our country today.'

Shona Underwood Middle Creek and Inverway Stations, NT  

'I had travelled all the way from the UK to see this play and I wasn't disappointed. Such a powerful story - writing is amazing. Loved it!'

Molvia Maddox

'Absolutely loved this play, so close to home, meant so much ... amazing play.'

 Patti Izod

'Laughed and cried. Absolutely brilliant. Totally recommend ... incredible writing.'

 Julie Gallagher

'We saw the show last night and it was fantastic. What a fantastic story told by amazing actors.'

Gaynor Penny

'WOW! Charming characters with depth and warmth. Both funny and moving. Beautifully written and the actors fabulous! Loved it!'

 Carla Russo

'Was a great performance and a great new piece of Australian Theatre. If you’re in Darwin – don’t miss it!!!'

Toby John Short

'Is this coming to Sydney?'

Annabel McClure

'Congratulations on another brilliant play. The actors’ delivery of your clever and witty dialogue was fabulous. The play was humorous, poignant and thoroughly entertaining. I will tell all my friends it’s a must see.'

 Jill Kew

'It was smashing! I laughed, winced, cried (came out blubbering – most embarrassing!) .Very strong cast, terrific script. Was an absolute treat to be part of such a remarkable, professional, local production.'

Philllipa Tsiolis


Brown's Mart Theatre, Darwin

15 November  2012


‘Bravo! This is the first play of  Kate Wyvill's  that I've seen. Sadly, I regret having missed the others. This is what theatre is supposed to be and should be. Congratulations’   

Betchay Mondragon, Australia Council Peer (NT) and independent theatre director and producer.

‘The Ward Keller office is abuzz with talk of ‘Marbles’ this morning.  It was universally loved by young and old – truly exceptional – absorbing from beginning to end.’  

 Ward Keller Lawyers (Production Sponsor)

‘Fabulous script. Witty and wise. A fantastic insight into the challenges as well as the humour of a family under pressure.’  

ABC Radio Darwin, Richard Margetson 

‘Marbles’ was incredibly clever. It touched on a very serious topic, one many of us have dealt with in one way or another, and managed to bring it across in an informative, creative and, might I say, quirky manner.’

Jaimi Tybell – General Public

‘For many of our kids it was the first time they had seen a live performance and most of them would never had a thought about euthanasia. It’s a testament to the power of your play that they left the show declaring that they are the generation to change the law!! '

Jenny Dowling, Drama, Casuarina Secondary College

‘While I don’t consider myself an authority in all things theatre by any stretch, I do think that Marbles was as good as anything that Melbourne Theatre Company has presented (having been a subscriber for over ten years) – in terms of (but not limited to) engagement, entertainment, provocation, pathos, humour and human -  any person could relate to one of the characters in the play.

David Blenheim , Official Secretary/Director, Government House

‘I was lucky enough to be in the audience last night – this new play is brilliant… perfectly constructed with great dialogue’  

 Jansis Shaw,  Director, Office of Leadership and Organisational culture

‘A brilliant play!  I am speechless at how the playwright managed to weave the humour in and out of what is such a sad and terrifying subject.  Absolutely masterful.  The relationships between the family members and the shifting alliances amongst them was crafted brilliantly. It's a play that should be taken nationally, and then world-wide, as much for the play itself as the subject. '

Joanne van Os, Author

‘What a profoundly good treatment of the modern tragedy that confronts us all as we get older. Those afflicted, those affected and those waiting anxiously on the periphery, were all able to take something from this outstandingly written, acted and directed play.’  

Lex Sylvester, Barrister, William Forster Chambers


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General Public Comments

“A triumph!”

“Standing ovation.”

“Absolutely brilliant, so true to life.”

“Made me howl with laughter and tears’’

“Best form of contraception ever. Painfully funny, brilliantly presented - waiting eagerly for the next instalment from this talented writer.”

“So accurate a reflection of parenthood and marriage that at times I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. Kate Wyvill touched a raw nerve of the 'you can have it all generation'. A great night out - don't miss it!”

“This is a play in which every young couple (and in particular young thrusting professionals determined to climb the corporate ladder) contemplating children should see before they embark on that particular journey!”

“An excellent night out . . . when I next have an opportunity to see this play I will laugh just as much at the bits I missed while I was laughing too much last time!”

 "The show was fantastic – a superb production.” Richard Brennan, Chief Executive, Birmingham Forward

“A superb production … clients and barristers had a super time.'  Jonathan Fox, St Phillips Chambers

“The play was hilarious . . . the evening ‘felt different’, more exciting than a typical night at the theatre.'    Patrick Hanlon, Handellsbanken,

“A very entertaining performance – we had a great time.”  Pauline Knott, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

‘Congratulations…we all had a thoroughly enjoyable evening’.'   Trevor Lee, Senior Partner, Challinors Solicitors

‘We had a great time and really enjoyed the show.'    Ian Saunders, Partner, D5 Architects LLP,