State Theatre Company South Australia and KOJO presents an isthisyours? and Insite Arts production
By David Williamson
It’s not 1977 anymore…
A football club on the brink of change; the old guard is being called into question and a new path must be paved. Williamson’s classic satire of tradition, politics and the ruthlessness of men becomes a biting comedy for a new age in the hands of Adelaide theatre company isthisyours?
This new version of The Club is stripped back and sharpened, with three women bringing to life some of Australian theatre’s most infamous men. This is Australian comedy as it should be: irreverent, absurd and very, very funny.
After taking Sydney by storm in its 2018 premiere, this razor-sharp reinvention brilliantly re-frames Williamson for a new age. The Club comes to Adelaide ready to make you gasp, make you think, and most of all, make you laugh.
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“But part of the play also deals with bad male behaviour towards females… it wasn’t the main part of the play but it was certainly there. And no one is better to skewer bad male behaviour towards women than women!”
We talk to the legendary writer about what it’s like to see his work reinvented forty years since it’s premiere.
Read the full interview here.
Nadia Rossi and Ellen Steele take us through how they’re changing David Williamson’s classic play.
Nadia Rossi and Ellen Steele talk about the process of embodying some of Australian theatre’s most infamous men.
“There are no female characters in this play. It’s an all-male club, namely a football club. But women are mentioned all the time throughout. There are no female characters literally written into this play, but they have a presence onstage that hangs over the action. They are very much a part of it.”
We were digging through our show archives when we came across the program for our 1997 production of David Williamson’s The Club. While flipping through the pages we came across a reading of the play from a feminist perspective by Dr Susan Mitchell. We got in touch to see what an all-female, three-actor version of the show means for her understanding of Williamson’s classic comedy. Read the full interview here