The Great Man - Melbourne Theatre Company
by David Williamson
A group of friends and relations of a once great and powerful man gather to eulogise him after his death, only to realise that he was corrupt.
David Keith Williamson, AO born 24 February 1942 is one of Australia's best-known dramatists and playwrights. He has also written screenplays and teleplays. Williamson first turned to writing and performing in plays in 1967 with La Mama Theatre Company and The Pram Factory, and rose to prominence in the early 1970s, with works such as Don's Party (later turned into a 1976 film), a comic drama set during the 1969 federal election; and The Removalists (1971). He also collaborated on the screenplays for Gallipoli (1981) and The Year of Living Dangerously (1982). Williamson's work as a playwright focuses on themes of politics, loyalty and family in contemporary urban Australia, particularly in two of its major cities, Melbourne and Sydney. Major stage works include The Club, The Department, Travelling North, The Perfectionist, Emerald City, Money and Friends and Brilliant Lies.
Recent work has included Dead White Males, a satirical approach to postmodernism and university ethics; Up for Grabs, which starred Madonna in its London premiere; and the Jack Manning Trilogy (Face To Face, Conversation, Charitable Intent) which take as their format community conferencing, a new form of restorative justice, in which Williamson became interested in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
In recent years he has alternated work between larger stages (including Soul Mates, Amigos and Influence – all premiered with the Sydney Theatre Company) and smaller ones (including the Manning trilogy, Flatfoot and Operator, which premiered at the Ensemble Theatre).
The Great Man MTC - Genevieve Picot, Toby Schmitz, Gary Day, Max Cullen, Shirley Cameron, Vivienne Walshe, Martin Vaughan
Director Robyn Nevin
Designer Genevieve Blanchett
Lighting Rory Dempster
Stage Manager Katy Pitney
Playbill / Program Date Aug - Sep 2000 The Playhouse Theatre
Size 150 x 240 mm
Condition: Used Good 8/10
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