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
Greed, mendacity, decay, desire and death
Thomas 'Tennassee' Williams is one of the United States' greatest playwrights. His work is powerful, moving and rooted in his unhappy family background in the deep South - Columbus Mississippi.
The son of an alcoholic and a snobbish, neurotic Southern Belle, Thomas was one of three children.
Ron Arthurs (Big Daddy) and Dimity Wehr (Big Mamma) in Stirlings' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Photograpph courtesy of Stirling Theatre)
After attending university, where he studied journalism, Tennassee supported himself with a string of menial jobs while he struggled to get established as a playwright.
It wasn't until 1944 that he achieved success, and a remarkable success it was - The Glass Menagerie, based loosely on his own family background.
It was followed by a string of other successes - A Streetcar Named Desire, Sweet Bird of Youth and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
Most of the cast of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at Stirling Theatre (Photograph courtesy of Stirling Theatre)
This last is now being produced by Stirling Theatre, one of his finest plays based on the relationship of a dying Southern Plantation patriarch and his family.
It's a play of family relationships, power - its exercise and its loss and the sub-texts of bigotry and love.
Amanda Watson (Maggie) and Michael Dornan (Brick) in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Photograph courtesy of Stirling Theatre)
Director Jane Sherwood has a strong cast for the production - Amanda Watson, Michael Dornan, Dimity Wehr, Ron Arthurs as Big Daddy and Damian Forbes with Brett Shircore and others.
Cat on A Hot Tin Roof runs from April the 10th to the 25th at 8:00pm with matinees on the 12th and 19th at 2:00pm at the Stirling Theatre, Morris Place, Innaloo.
Tickets cost $22 (Concession $20) and are available from 9440 1040 or the TryBooking website.