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A very light, entertaining night of theatre awaits you if you make your way across to Rockdale. This is one of the funniest plays in Williamson’s extensive reprtoire..

The scenario. David Williamson’s play takes us into the world of elite sport. Brent is an elite sportsman, an Aussie Rules football player who has won two Brownlow medals. As is well known, elite sportsmen make a heap of money out of advertising, from putting their name to various products.

Brent is managed by leading sports agent Rohan. Rohan has been trying to get Brent some good deals but they keep on being unstuck by Brent’s complete lack of charisma. Brent is just so wooden that Rohan simply can’t clinch a deal.

Hard times call for desperate measures, after all Rohan knows that there is good money to be made out of Brent. Rohan calls in sports psychologist Jessica to see if she can get install some perkiness, some spunk into Brent’s character. He also wants Jessica to do some ‘digging’ to see if there’s anything troubling Brent. Continue reading MANAGING CARMEN : GREAT LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT


Are you on the lookout for some witty comedy, a good bit of escapism?! The Guild Theatre’s current production should fit the bill.

This is a a very witty and clever play by American writer Paul Rudnick.  The main character is sensitive young soapy star, Andrew Rally, who is going through a lot of stuff and the play’s central question is whether he is going to be able to keep it together.

The play starts with Rally having moved from the suburbs to an apartment in the Big Apple. He has made the move because the television network pulled the plug on the soapy series in which he starred as a charismatic Doctor and has had to find new work.

He auditions and wins the role of Hamlet in a production taking place in Central Park. His agent tells him that, many aeons ago, the great Shakespearean actor John Barrymore lived in the very same apartment. Can you tell where this is going?! Continue reading I HATE HAMLET : A FUN NIGHT OF THEATREANTICS @ THE GUILD


Featured photo – Eloise Tanti (Debbie), David Hines (Ron), Daniel Cawthorne (Michael) and Caitlin Gleeson (Debbie). Pics Craig Regan.

I had a great night at the Guild Theatre.

Australian  playwright Elizabeth Coleman’s 1993 play is a personal favourite. It’s clever…it’s more than a bit black…it’s very funny. It’s a lot of good things which accounts for it being a very  popular play for theatre companies to put on.

I have to say that the current Rockdale Theatre Guild production is the best production of the play that I have seen, and  I commend to you.

Susan Stapleton’s production really sparkles. Her creative team transport us to the play’s world so artfully.  We are in Ron and Dawn Patterson’s living room, meticulously laid out by designer James Searle’s period set.

Coleman’s premise is more than a bit on the absurd side. Patriarch Ron, dying of some nasty form of cancer, has calculated  with some kind of ready reckoner that  he has just 111 minutes to live, and has brought his family together to share his last two hours with him.

All sorts of unexpected revelations come to the surface which make Ron’s last two hours one major roller-coaster ride  which Coleman plays for laughs.

The cast are excellent, creating and keeping up their characters well. David Hines plays the very conservative patriarch very well. Anne McMaster  is his very droll, deadpan wife, Dawn. Caitlin Gleeson plays his feisty older daughter Debbie, and for  good contrast, Eloise Tanti plays his much more repressed and easier to handle daughter Karen. Daniel Cawthorne is great as Ron’s executive son Michael who always has his mobile phone to his ear. Brad Yee plays the very deadpan funeral director, Ted.

The audience, a full house on opening night at ths lovely quaint theatre, loved the show. IT’S MY PARTY AND I’LL DIE IF I WANT TO is playing the Guild Theatre, Walz Street Rockdale until November. Check the Guild’s website for performance times.




Elizabeth Coleman’s comedy is about the soiree Ron throws when he realises he has 111 minutes left to live.