All-Female David Williamson's THE CLUB to Premiere at Belvoir Downstairs
Award winning Adelaide theatre company isthisyours? turn the theatre upside down in a bold new imagining of iconic Australian 1970's play, David Williamson's The Club, chronicling a football club on the brink of great change.
David Williamson's The Club (all female, 3 actor version) will premiere at Belvoir's Downstairs theatre as the last show in the inaugural year of the 25A season. The all-female theatre company reinterpret Williamson's incisive and hilarious dialogue at a time when women's roles in the sport are no longer confined to being merely spectators but true champions of an ever evolving and much loved game.
Director Tessa Leong says: "I am so excited about directing this classic Australian comedy. David Williamson depicts the men of this world with scathing precision. Creating the first professional production of The Club with three female actors in the same building this well-loved play had its Sydney premiere in 1977, directed by John Bell, feels like an excellent challenge. Our company isthisyours? loves silliness and we're also attracted by the everyday violence inherent in this classic. Women moving from being on the sidelines to being centre field is kind of what we're all about. Shout outs to the women of the AFLW who are paving the way not only for women in sport but women in the arts!"
Dom Mercer, Artistic Associate at Belvoir St Theatre says: "Programming this play was a surprise, but the articulation of vision from isthisyours? in the application was a prospect too delicious to ignore. With the explosion of the AFLW and the backdrop of contemporary feminism the isthisyours? vision to re-examine David Williamson's classic play about sport, misogyny, mateship and "letting off steam" felt unexpectedly timely and pressing."
isthisyours? was recently nominated for The Adelaide Critics Circle Independent Arts Foundation Award for Innovation for their sell-out premiere season of large-scale promenade production Angelique at Adelaide's iconic Her Majesty's Theatre in October 2017.
David Williamson's The Club (an all-female, 3 actor version) by isthisyours? has been programmed in the 2019 main stage season at State Theatre Company South Australia showing from 5 - 20 April 2019.
For more about isthisyours? head to www.isthisyours.com.au