Play 1, 2012

David Williamson's

Money and Friends

directed by Leo Wockner

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Money and Friends - nice to have both, but will one get you the other?

The Play

Sitting out on balcony enjoying a cold beer, cooking up a steak on the BBQ, looking out over the beautiful views of Crystal Inlet – life couldn’t be better!!

Except that Peter is about to lose everything unless he can come with a large sum of money to cover his brother's bankruptcy.  Fortunately, all of his friends at Crystal Inlet are wealthy - of course they would be willing to help out a friend in need.

Yet as events unfold, loyalties are sorely tested and everyone involved must decide if their affection for Peter will stretch to their pockets!

David Williamson’s Money and Friends is a witty and insightful observation
of the Australian character and the price of friendship, revealing the clash between materialism and ideals.  It is David Williamson at his best!

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The Playwright

David Williamson rose to prominence in the early 1970s, with works such as Don's Party (later turned into a 1976 film), a comic drama set during an Australian federal election and The Removalists (1971).

Graduating from Monash University in 1965, he worked briefly for General Motors Holden and then as a lecturer for Swinburne University, before he turned to writing plays in 1967. Williamson's plays focus on themes of politics, loyalty and family in contemporary urban Australia, particularly in Melbourne and Sydney.

His major works include The Club, The Department, Travelling North, The Perfectionist, Emerald City, Money and Friends and Brilliant Lies.

He also collaborated on the screenplays for Gallipoli (1981) and The Year of Living Dangerously (1982).


The Director

Leo Wockner has been a member of the Villanova Players for many years and a popular Brisbane theatre identity. He is well known as an actor, director and artists’ advocate whose recent Brisbane stage appearances include Oedipus the King and The Crucible for the Queensland Theatre Company.
More recently, Leo has directed for VPs in 2008, producing the classic Irish comedy The Playboy of the Western World, and An Inspector Calls  in 2010.

The Cast


Liz Morris


Dan Kennedy


Trevor Bond


Donna Thomas


Patrick Mullins


Mary Woodall


Nick Morrissey


Carissa Zygis


Shane Fell

The Crew

Stage Manager Dan Knudson
Sound and Lights Blaise Ahern
Production assistant Anthony James

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