David Williamson’s latest comedy play ‘The Big Time’ has been receiving rave reviews during its run in Sydney with critics declaring it “a theatre experience not to be missed” ahead of its Queensland Premiere as part of a four performance only season at The J Noosa from 21-23 March 2019.
Presented by NOOSA alive! Festival in association with Sydney’s Ensemble Theatre company, The Big Time’s stellar cast includes Claudia Barrie, Zoe Carides, Aileen Huyn, Matt Minto and Jeremy Waters and is directed by Mark Kilmurry.
The Big Time, Williamson’s 54th play, is closely linked to both his professional and personal life. The connection focusses on almost 50 professional years in the theatre scene and his personal affiliation relates to his wife Kristin, a drama teacher and theatre critic, as well as his two NIDA graduate sons and actors’ agent daughter. The play follows the story of Celia and Vicki, two women who were best friends at drama school. Celia is a high-profile soap star earning ridiculous amounts of money and enjoying a celebrity lifestyle. Vicki is scraping by playing gritty, critically acclaimed roles in independent theatre. When Vicki proposes they collaborate on an ambitious new film project, it could be a big opportunity for both to prove their mettle in the industry, but are Vicki’s motives as well-intentioned as they seem, or will jealousy rear its ugly head?
Critics have been glowing in their praise of The Big Time during its run at the Ensemble Theatre in Sydney, which continues until March 16 before coming to Noosa.
“David Williamson’s The Big Time is a theatre experience not to be missed,” said Rose Niland in The Culture Concept Circle. “It offers audiences insight, understanding, humour, and it is essentially entertaining. It is relevant contemporary theatre penned by a much-appreciated Australian playwright.” David Kary in The Sydney Arts Guide said: “I feel that it ranks as one of Williamson’s better later works. It is a world he knows so well, and that’s so often where the best writing comes from. Mark Killmurry’s direction was fast paced, keeping the audience engaged with very tight editing between scenes. Performances were first class.”
Ron Lee in Sydney Chic said: “With The Big Time, Williamson continues his rich vein of theatrical creativity as he heads towards a half century of playwriting that gave Australian actors an Australian voice rather than the pseudo-British one that they had for a hundred years.”
The Courier Mail Q-Weekend magazine’s Phil Brown told his readers: “It’s typical Williamson with all the usual keen social and psychological insights…the new play questions the price of fame, ambition, friendship and what it takes to be true to yourself. ”Oliver Wakelin in ArtsHub said: “Don’t miss your chance to see the latest Williamson play which has audiences on the edge of their seats.”
What: The Big Time by David Williamson
When: March 21, 22, 23 at 7.30pm and March 23 at 2pm
Where: The J Theatre, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Junction
Buy: www.thej.com.au ph 5329 6560