To celebrate his extraordinary career spanning 50 years as the country’s most important and enduring playwright, Ensemble Theatre is hosting a special evening for David Williamson AO, one of Australia’s National Living Treasures.

Proceeds from ticket sales will go towards championing the next generation of Australian playwrights.


Ensemble Theatre will host an evening of treasured memories with guest appearances and a selection of performances from many well-known actors and artists, including Jack Thompson, John Wood and Georgie Parker, who’ve worked with David Williamson throughout his remarkable career. We’ll also hear from Australian film legends Mel Gibson, Jacki Weaver and Bruce Beresford reminiscing about their collaborations with the iconic playwright via exclusive video messages.

The evening will be glittered with highlights from David’s illustrious 50 year career featuring scenes from some of his much-loved plays and films such as THE REMOVALISTS, DON’S PARTY, and GALLIPOLI, to name just a few.

This tribute event pays homage to a legendary writer who enjoys a strong and enduring 25 year relationship with Ensemble Theatre. We’ve presented 20 World Premieres of David’s productions, including his final ever play CRUNCH TIME opening in February 2020.

We look forward to sharing our David Williamson stories in the theatre’s auditorium, and afterwards join us for wine, cheese and dessert treats in Bayly’s Bistro.

This special event will help raise funds to support Ensemble Theatre put the next generation of Australian playwrights on stage.


Please pop Sunday 28th November in your diary for the postponed celebration of David Williamson’s prolific 50 year career.

We haven’t forgotten about your tickets to this very special event and we hope by November, when we’re presenting David Williamson’s NEARER THE GODS for the first time at Ensemble Theatre, things will have further improved.

We don’t want to miss the opportunity to celebrate one of Australia’s National Living Treasures and thank you for your tremendous support. We really mean it when we say, we wouldn’t be here without your generosity.

We’ll be in touch closer to the event to confirm all the details and timings.


David Williamson is passionate about paving the way for future Australian playwrights: “I’ve had 50 years of the wonderful privilege of seeing my plays connect with audiences. I think I’ve done my stint, there are plenty of younger writers who can take-off and set the world alight.”

It’s only fitting that proceeds from this special event will go towards a dedicated fund enabling Ensemble Theatre to develop the skills of aspiring playwrights. We already nurture up-and-coming directing talent with our Sandra Bates Director’s Award and would love to extend this opportunity to budding writers.

Please join us for an evening which not only celebrates an Australian theatre legend, whose work has become synonymous with the Ensemble, but also supports the next generation of playwrights with net proceeds of your $400 ticket going directly to this new initiative (meaning $300 is fully tax deductible).