Douglas has been a professional food writer since 1986. He is also an award-winning actor and director in Community Theatre and has been for many years. His blog may be found at: www.urbaneguerilla.wordpress.com
Many the hopes that have vanished after the ball
David Williamson AO is unarguably Australia' greatest playwright. He is also the most produced within Australia and the most widely admired Australian dramatist world-wide.
David Williamson OA (Photograph courtesy of David Williamson)
Critic Fiona McFarlane had this to say: "Audiences love him, partly because he comes at elitist worlds with a sharp eye and a bias toward the everyman".
His best known and best loved plays include Don's Party, The Club, Travelling North, Brilliant Lies and many more written ove the last forty years.
After the death of his mother Williamson wrote a play in response - After The Ball - not as well-known as some, but deeply personal and moving.
Hayley Derwort in character at the Third Witch in Macbeth (Courtesy of Verge Studio)
Young director Hayley Derwort chose the play as something that will stretch actors and challenge audiences. She said: "A David Williamson play is an ambitious task to undertake for my first major production. But having a fantastic script, a talented cast and a wealth of support behind me is fantastic."
The cast includes Paul Reed, Alyssa Burton and Amanda Minutillo, fellow allumni of Marloo's Macbeth, which won 'Best Shakespearean Play of 2014' at the recent Finley Awards.
The play is produced by Darlington Theatre Players at Marloo Theatre, 20 Marloo Rd., Greenmount.
The cast of After The Ball in rehearsal (Photogrpah courtesy of H Derwort)
The play follows Stephen and his sister Judy, who have reunited after the death of their mother and some time estranged. They go through the belongings left by their mother and explore their parents' marriage.
The action of the play is told in flashback, with two sets of actors playing the same characters at two different periods of their lives.
The play opens on the 6th of March and runs until the 21st at 8:00pm (matinées 2:00pm) Tickets cost $20 and bookings may be made by ringing Booking Officer Gwyne on 9255 1783 or online at the TryBooking website.