Written in 1971, David Williamson’s satirical probe of Australian values centres on a toxic trio of middle class blokes who gather in Don’s home in the Melbourne suburbs for election night, 1969.
While partner Kath grumpily distributes the snack foods, laconic failed author Don Henderson tunes the TV in to the tally room.
If there’s any justice in the world, Whitlam’s socialists will oust John Gorton’s moribund Liberal/Country Party coalition.
The election result? It’s no spoiler that the Libs fell over the line thanks to DLP preferences. But Don’s Party is about human failings and sexual – rather than party – politics. Just as Don uses the occasion as an excuse for a piss-up, Williamson uses it to explore the depths of domestic angst.
Travis McMahon directs this production for Pale Blue Dot Creative. He knows the play well, having performed in the Sydney Theatre Company’s production of Don’s Party in 2007.