David Williamson’s trademark satirical pen finds razor-sharp form in this clever, stylish and sophisticated comedy set in the ruthless world of celebrity.

★★★★½ “Hilarious and incisive” ArtsHub

Overview

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World premiere

Celia and Vicki were best friends at drama school, but the game of life has dealt them very different hands.

Celia is a high profile soap star earning ridiculous amounts of money and the requisite harbourside views. Meanwhile Vicki is scraping by in gritty, critically acclaimed roles in independent theatre.

When Vicki proposes they collaborate on an ambitious new film project, it could be a big opportunity for both of them to prove their mettle in the industry. But are Vicki’s motives as well-intentioned as they seem, or will jealousy rear its ugly head?

David Williamson’s trademark satirical pen finds razor-sharp form in this clever, stylish and sophisticated comedy set in the ruthless world of celebrity.

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Reviews

★★★★½ "Another hilarious and incisive theatrical experience" ArtsHub

"A snakes-and-ladders game of shattered dreams, backs for climbing on or stabbing, glints of inspiration and reward" The Sydney Morning Herald

“Credible, often funny and finally, surprisingly touching… Recommended” Stage Noise

“The Big Time is one of his [David Williamson’s] best in recent years… Director Mark Kilmurry achieved his ambitions to cast the play well and let the words fly” Stage Whispers

“The betrayals and backstabbing come thick and fast in the second half, leaving the audience gasping at Williamson’s rapier wit... Director Mark Kilmurry evokes terrific performances from his cast and, once again, Williamson’s satire can be applied to life beyond the world of the theatre.’ ” Altmedia

"Humorous and stinging satire... a theatre experience not to be missed" The Culture Concept Circle

"The entire cast is strong... Williamson continues his rich vein of theatrical creativity" Sydney Chic

"A tightly scripted comedy of treachery… His [David Williamson's] lightness of touch balances our laughter with our disgust" Canberra Critics Circle

Cast & Creatives
David Williamson

David Williamson

Playwright

Mark Kilmurry

Mark Kilmurry

Director

Felicity Nicol

Felicity Nicol

Assistant Director

Claudia Barrie

Claudia Barrie

Cast

Zoe Carides

Zoe Carides

Cast

Aileen Huynh

Aileen Huynh

Cast

Matt Minto

Matt Minto

Cast

Jeremy Waters

Jeremy Waters

Cast

Ben Wood

Ben Wood

Cast

Melanie Liertz

Melanie Liertz

Set and Costume Designer

Nick Higgins

Nick Higgins

Lighting Designer

Bronte Schuftan

Bronte Schuftan

Stage Manager

Renata Beslik

Renata Beslik

Costume Supervisor

Director's Note

It is always a pleasure working on a new David Williamson play and particularly one that deals with issues underlining the make it or break it world of entertainment. THE BIG TIME has at its core loneliness, desperation, jealousy, ambition, betrayal while creating a world of likable characters that make us laugh. Quite an achievement given the themes. The play also has a sense of hope, struggling to make itself heard over the noise of ego. David is very good at finding the heightened essence of the world, at once allowing us to laugh and sympathise while recognising the truths of who we are. I feel my job as director is to do two things; cast really well and secondly; let the words fly. David Williamson has, as ever, done the hard work already .

Mark Kilmurry – Artistic Director

 

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