Don's Party, the iconic 1970’s Australian play about a federal election and the personal politics of marriage and failure, has been given a contemporary makeover by students from GOTAFE’s Regional Academy of Dramatic Arts (GRADA).
The popular David Williamson play will be presented as a raw and exciting theatrical play reading when GRADA students and guest actors bring the show to life later this month.
Set on election night 1969, Don and Kath hope that there will be a change of government and host a party to watch the results. As the tide turns against Labor, the good cheer fades and the ideals and hopes of the characters begin to show.
Don’s Party is directed is Matt Scholten, who is also the artistic director and creative producer of the Melbourne-based ensemble If Theatre.
The free 2 hour performance will be held at the Blackbox Theatre, GOTAFE, 57 Samaria Road, Benalla on Thursday 27 February at 6.30pm.
Bookings are essential via the BPACC Box Office on 5762 5515 as limited seating is available.
Audience members who are easily offended are reminded that Don’s Party contains coarse language, raucous behaviour and adult themes. It is not suitable for audiences under 18 years.
Don’s Party, sponsored by Benalla Veterinary Clinic, is one of three influential Australian play readings presented by GRADA in 2014.
Hotel Sorrento will be performed on Thursday 17 July at Benalla Library and On Our Selection will be performed on Thursday 16 October at the Benalla Art Gallery.
Located at GOTAFE’s Benalla campus, GRADA offers performing arts and theatrical production training.
Established in 2009 to meet the growing demand for dramatic arts training, GRADA offers courses in acting, theatre and events, live production, theatre arts and dance, and dance teaching management.
For more information visit www.gotafe.vic.edu.au or www.bpacc.com.au.