NO MORE SUGAR, NO MORE TEA by Richard J Frankland NO MORE SUGAR, NO MORE TEA by Richard J Frankland

Presented by Darebin Arts Speakeasy

Event Details

EVENT UPDATE: Due to the current ongoing lockdown in Melbourne Darebin Arts Speakeasy has made the difficult decision to postpone our upcoming season of NO MORE SUGAR, NO MORE TEA by Richard J. Frankland to 2022. We will update the season dates on this page as soon as we are able to.

All ticket holders will be contacted directly by our Ticketing team regarding a full refund – we appreciate your patience and ongoing support during this time, and look forward to welcoming you back to the theatre soon!


NO MORE SUGAR, NO MORE TEA is a contemporary opera exploring the changes that take place when life is decimated by war: people become fringe dwellers, homeless, impoverished, and cultural authority is smashed to pieces.

Told through letters from First Nations women during the First World War to their husbands and sons on the front, NO MORE SUGAR, NO MORE TEA navigates a time of heightened assimilations policy and the establishment of missions, when First Nations people living under the Aborigines Protection Act were regarded as subhuman in law. When one woman, a mother, writes to the mission manager, and the Aboriginal Welfare Board, we see that there is another war going on.

NO MORE SUGAR, NO MORE TEA celebrates methods of resistance and resilience in the actions of these women: We witness the contribution of First Australian’s to the First World War, which up until recent times, have been largely ignored, and shine a spotlight on the actions of the Aborigine’s Protection Board, and their oppression of First Nations people, through protocols, laws and attitudes.

Written and directed by Richard J Frankland, with music by Richard J Frankland and Biddy Connor, NO MORE SUGAR, NO MORE TEA presents a selection of songs from Act 3 of a larger work currently in development. These initial songs are based on the story of Richard’s grandfather and great grandmother, as well as stories from other First Nations communities. These personal stories are a mix of fact and fiction, informed by real events and actual letters, becoming a vehicle via which this under-represented history can be told.



Writer and Director: Richard J Frankland

Music: Richard J Frankland and Biddy Connor

Arrangement, musical direction and extra composition: Biddy Connor

Creative Producer: Matthew Delbridge



This a COVID Safe event with limited audience capacity.

To ensure a comfortable and safe experience for our visitors and staff, we’ve introduced COVID-safe measures in line with the Victorian Government. When coming to this event, please adhere to:

• Registering your attendance for contact tracing purposes
• Face masks must be worn when indoors at our venues unless an exemption applies
• Practice good hygiene
• Bring your own water
• If feeling unwell or waiting for COVID test results, please do not attend

Venue capacity will be adjusted to adhere to the current Victorian guidelines.

Thank you so much for keeping us all safe and we can’t wait to see you at the theatre!



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26 October - 30 October, 2021


Tues - Sat 8pm, Sat matinee 2pm


Main Hall, Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre, 189 High Street, Northcote 3070


60 minutes


Group of 4 or more $28, Darebin Resident $30, Full $35, Preview $25, Concession and Students $28

Additional Info

Auslan interpreted performance on Thursday 28th October at 8pm.

Post-show Q&A with cast and creative team on Saturday 30th October at 2pm.