12-15 September, 2019
Epson Lumen Room, Metro Arts Theatre, Brisbane City
Tickets: $35 + booking fee; concession, $25 + booking fee
JPR Productions present a limited season of David Williamson’s iconic brawn-against-bureaucracy play The Club, starring Brisbane and Melbourne talent.
The Club is one of Australia’s most beloved plays, from one of its most beloved playwrights, and JPR Productions will bring this dramatic, humorous look at the dawn of the professional sports era in Australian Rules football to Brisbane audiences. Williamson’s play about the uses and abuses of managerial power, which in 1976 foreshadowed the great changes that Australian football has since endured, proves even more prescient since the rise and fall of Super League. Featuring some of the most memorable characters to ever grace Australian stages, The Club will transport you to back to the 70’s – a time when the ethos of big business had only just started to infiltrate our national game and threatened to leave a veritable trail of crushed egos and shattered dreams in its wake.
The boardroom becomes a battleground when the purchase of a new recruit pits the disgruntled head coach against club President. In the heat of battle, the players threaten a team-wide strike and a club legend will use the opportunity to usurp the presidency for himself. Whilst the men each fight for power and control of the Club’s on and off field destiny, the game’s best administrator watches his Machiavellian scheme unfold. Each man will face his truth. Only the strong will survive. But will The Club?
The Club is not just a hilarious romp about footy, it’s a time capsule piece that illuminates Australia as it was half a century ago.
JPR Productions, headed by Director Jesse Richardson, was established with an interest in reviving Australian theatre classics and with the intention of producing new historically based stories for Australian theatre. Jesse has worked in the entertainment industry for the past 15 years across all mediums as a writer, actor, producer and director in everything from feature films, theatre, short films, commercials and corporate work.
For ticketing and further information, visit the Metro Arts website.