By David Williamson
2007 – 2008 National Tour
August 17 – December 9, 2007 – 15 week tour to 45 venues in VIC, NSW, QLD, ACT, SA & WA
Melbourne, Ballarat, Horsham, Kyneton, South Morang, Yarram, Portland, Camperdown, Colac, Frankston, Penrith, Griffith, Taree. Gosford, Coffs Harbour, Lismore, Caloundra, Redcliffe, Ipswich, Logan, Brisbane, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Proserpine, Ringwood, Mildura, Broken Hill, Swan Hill, Tuggeranong, Wangaratta, Benalla, Shepparton, Echuca, Dandenong, Traralgon, Wonthaggi, Geelong, Adelaide, Carnarvon, Geraldton, Thornlie, Moora, Bruce Rock, Kwinana & Esperance.
January 25- June 7, 2008 – 19 week tour to 36 venues in VIC, TAS, NSW, SA, WA, NT & QLD
Melbourne (return season), Devonport, Sale, Belrose, Dubbo, Parramatta, Orange, Newcastle, Wollongong, Wagga Wagga, Albury, Moonee Ponds, Bendigo, Pakenham, Werribee, Nunawading, Hamilton, Ararat, Warrnambool, Mount Gambier, Renmark, Tanunda, Port Noarlunga, Port Pirie, Whyalla, Port Lincoln, Perth, Darwin, Townsville, Rockhampton, Mackay, Noosa, Brisbane, Bingara, Gunnedah & Queanbeyan.
A production by Christine Harris & HIT Productions
“…the pre-eminent chronicler of our times [David Williamson] is rarely on better form than he is in The Club.”
Sun Herald, 02/09/03
Australia’s Premier Theatre Touring Company, HIT Productions is pleased to announce the record breaking 2007 – 2008 national 32 week tour of David Williamson’s The Club starring Australia’s 2006 Gold Logie Award winner and 2007 Green Room Award winner, John Wood (Blue Heelers, The Elocution of Benjamin Franklin). The Club, the award winning play (1977 National Professional Theatre Award, 1978 Australian Writers Guild AWGIEs for Best Australian Stage Play and Best Script in any Medium) by arguably Australia’s most significant and prolific playwright, David Williamson, is a play about people in groups and the institutions they inhabit. It’s a story about egotism, commitment, power, jealousy and greed. The story covers the transition of Australian sport into Australian business. The culture and rituals of an old football club are torn to shreds as the mighty dollar takes over. As one player remarks “all we got for joining was a guernsey and a pat the back. I’ve given the club ten years of my life and all I’ve got in the bank is eighty dollars.”
David Williamson’s The Club boasts the accomplished talents of Director, Bruce Myles (HIT’s Hotel Sorrento, Love Child), Designer, Anna Borghesi (HIT’s Wallflowering) and Lighting Designer, Glenn Hughes (HIT’s Hotel Sorrento, Educating Rita). Joining John on stage will be an exceptional cast including Christopher Connelly (HIT’s Hotel Sorrento), Denis Moore (Malthouse’s The Spook), Christopher Parker (Oklahoma), Simon Wilton (Playbox’s Still Angela) and up-and-coming actor Guy Kable (VCA’s Lie of the Mind).
“But The Club belongs to the one-time jock, played with finesse by John Wood. He’s an excellent stage actor with the technique and presence to make an audience believe in the person he’s pretending to be.”
Sydney Morning Herald, 01/09/03
David Williamson’s The Club is produced by HIT’s Founder and CEO, Christine Harris; award winning actress (Amy Carson in Carson’s Law) and recipient of the 1997 Victorian Entrepreneur of the Year Award and 1999 Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame inductee. The Club is part of 75 weeks of national touring to be undertaken this year by this prolific company, HIT Productions, which has produced, as part of its 33 touring productions since 1999 such successes as Hotel Sorrento, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Love Child, Educating Rita and many more.
“There is no greater freedom than the freedom of comedy and there is nothing more satisfying for an actor than a full house of audience laughing out loud. I used to watch my father laughing at Laurel and Hardy and I always wanted to do that. Bruce Myles’ production of The Club is a wonderful thing to be involved with and although I have done it twice before, the reason I want to do it again is that I am really looking forward to the performances being a Tour De Force and the idea of taking it to the regions and to new audiences right around Australia.”
David Williamson’s The Club is a phenomenal 34 week Australia wide tour from August 2007 to May 2008 to 74 capital city, metropolitan and regional and remote theatre venues.
Jock: John Wood
Laurie: Chris Connelly
Geoff: Guy Kable
Ted: Denis Moore
Danny: Christopher Parker
Gerry: Simon Wilton
Playwright: David Williamson
Director: Bruce Myles
Designer: Anna Borghesi
Lighting Designer: Glenn Hughes
Composition: Andrew Pendlebury