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Cat On a Hot Tin Roof at Stirling Theatre

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by Douglas Sutherland-Bruce (subscribe)
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
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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.

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Tennassee Williams, Stirling Theatre, Ron Arthurs
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.

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Tennassee Williams, Stirling Theatre, Ron Arthurs
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.

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Tennassee Williams, Stirling Theatre, Ron Arthurs
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.



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Why? A deeply moving play from the deep South.
When: 8:00pm and 2:00pm (Matinees)
Phone: 9247 2911
Where: Stirling Theatre, Innaloo Community Centre, Morris Place, Innaloo, WA
Cost: $22 Full, $20 Concessions, $18 Members
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