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Issue Details: First known date: 1971... 1971 Don's Party
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form y separately published work icon Don's Party David Williamson , ( dir. Bruce Beresford ) Sydney : Double Head Productions Pty Ltd in association with the Australian Film Commission. , 1976 Z42782 1976 single work film/TV satire (taught in 3 units)

Set in a suburb of Sydney's North Shore on the night of the 1969 Australian Federal Election, this is a cinematic adaptation of David Williamson's 1971 satire of university-educated, upwardly mobile Australian Labor Party supporters. The gathering is hoping to celebrate the ALP's victory after two decades of conservative government, but as the results are televised throughout the night, this appears increasingly unlikely. The men then devote their energies to drinking and debauching with the younger women, much to the anger of their wives or girlfriends. As the night wears on and hopes fade, there is fighting and much disappointment.

The film's satire (as with the play) achieves its bite through a sense of what passes for naturalism. The essential ockerism of the men becomes more apparent as the party degenerates and the alcohol takes over. The critical focus sharpens and the humour becomes more cynical.

Notes

  • Study guide available.

Production Details

  • First produced by the Australian Performing Group at the Pram Factory, Melbourne, 11 August 1971. Director: Graeme Blundell. A revised version was produced at the Jane Street Theatre, Sydney, 29 June 1972. Director: John Clark. Also produced at the Royal Court Theatre, London, 1974.
  • Revised version performed at the Melbourne Theatre Company and Sydney Theatre Company, Playhouse, Arts Centre, from 11 January to 10 February 2007

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 1971
      1971 .
      Extent: 101 leavesp.
      (Manuscript) assertion
      Note/s:
      • Typescript (photocopy).
      Series: The Hanger Collection of Australian Playscripts series - publisher

      A collection in the Fryer Library at The University of Queensland of manuscript film and play scripts.

      Holdings

      Held at: University of Queensland University of Queensland Library Fryer Library
      Local Id: H1857
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Collected Plays : Volume I David Williamson , Sydney : Currency Press , 1986 Z859303 1986 selected work drama (taught in 1 units) Sydney : Currency Press , 1986 pg. 133-218
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Currency Press ; Eyre Methuen ,
      1973 .
      image of person or book cover 8669366608795076675.jpg
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      Extent: 106p.
      Reprinted: 1976
      Note/s:
      • Introduced by John Clark and prefaced by H. G. Kippax.
      • Contains notes and glossary (pp104-106).
      ISBN: 0869370103 (pbk), 086937009X (hbk)
      Series: Currency Playtexts : Series 2 series - publisher
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Currency Press , 1997 .
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      Extent: 86p.
      Edition info: Rev. ed.
      Reprinted: 2005 Twice , 2006
      Note/s:
      • Contains notes and glossary.
      ISBN: 0868195308

Other Formats

  • Also braille, sound recording

Works about this Work

[Review] Don's Party K. Jamieson , single work review
— Review of Don's Party David Williamson , 1971 single work drama
'Strong Actor' : Nick Tate Anne Pender , 2016 single work biography
— Appears in: Players : Australian Actors on Stage, Television and Film 2016;
'After more than fifty years as an actor Nick Tate recalls the opening night of Don's Party at the Old Tote Theatre in Sydney on 20 September 1972 as ‘thrilling’ and ‘extraordinary’. Standing on stage at the curtain call alongside Pat Bishop, Wendy Blacklock, John Ewart and the other cast members, Tate felt a sense of pure pride and satisfaction ‘to be involved with an Australian production of that quality… It was a huge landmark in my life’ Tate recalls. The success of the production was gratifying, particularly as he had very nearly given away the chance of playing Don, and had so many misgivings initially. Tate was thirty years of age when he appeared in the Williamsonplay. From that day on he did not question his future.' (Introduction)
Wendy Blacklock and the Transformation of Australian Theatre Anne Pender , 2016 single work biography
— Appears in: Players : Australian Actors on Stage, Television and Film 2016;
'Wendy Blacklock is an actor and comedienne who has worked on radio, stage and television. In the first half of her career, Blacklock appeared in revue theatre, pantomime and musical theatre. She played the leading lady in the first Australian musical television play, Pardon Miss Westcott, broadcast on ATN 7 in 1959, and later on, performed in new Australian plays by David Williamson and Dorothy Hewett during the New Wave period in which Australian theatre and drama were undergoing huge transformation. Television audiences also remember Blacklock playing Edie McDonald in Number 96. Later on in her career Blacklock moved into production and worked for the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust. In 1982 she founded Performing Lines, an independent, non-profit organisation dedicated to developing and producing new Australian works in order for them to tour in Australia and internationally. Blacklock’s innovative work with Performing Lines has enriched Australian theatre, extending its reach and empowering local performers and companies. Blacklock has worked with numerous contemporary arts companies. In particular Blacklock’s work has enabled a wide range of Indigenous Australian plays and performers to present their theatrical events to audiences all over the world.' (Introduction)
Stage is Set for One More Curtain Call Steve Dow , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 8 March 2013; (p. 40-41)
A Year in the Pram : Carlton Kick Starts An(Other) Australian Theatre Renaissance Donald Pulford , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Telling Stories : Australian Life and Literature 1935–2012 2013; (p. 300-307)
Don's Party Was a Knock-Out H. G. Kippax , 1972 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 1 July 1972; (p. 16) A Leader of His Craft : Theatre Reviews by H. G. Kippax 2004; (p. 177-179)

— Review of Don's Party David Williamson , 1971 single work drama
Or Its Most Laborious Party? Julitha Dent , 1972 single work review
— Appears in: Nation Review , 15-21 July 1972; Creme de la Phlegm : Unforgettable Australian Reviews 2006; (p. 141-142)

— Review of Don's Party David Williamson , 1971 single work drama
Revival of Party Animals Martin Ball , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 13 January 2007; (p. 23)

— Review of Don's Party David Williamson , 1971 single work drama
Fight the Right and Party : The Time Seems Right for a Revival of a 1970's Satire Robin Usher , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 8 January 2007; (p. 8)

— Review of Don's Party David Williamson , 1971 single work drama
Show of the Week Bill Perrett , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 21 January 2007; (p. 31)

— Review of Don's Party David Williamson , 1971 single work drama
The Making of Don's Party John Clark , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: David Williamson : A Celebration 2003; (p. 13-19)
The Party's Nearly Over Ron Banks , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 9 October 2004; (p. 10-11)
A Human Bower Bird Annmaree O'Keeffe (interviewer), 1975 single work interview
— Appears in: Semper Floreat , July vol. 45 no. 10 1975; (p. 7)
Is Don, is Good - Over and Over Again John Mangan , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 7 January 2007; (p. 7)
Party Like It's 1971 Rosemary Sorensen , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 25-26 August 2007; (p. 16-17)
Rosemary Sorensen discusses David Williamson's 1970s plays The Club and Don's Party in the light of revival productions in 2007.
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