Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams

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  • Heath Ledger Theatre

About the Play

The Pollitt family has gathered at their plantation home in the Mississippi Delta, ostensibly to celebrate the birthday of patriarch and tycoon “Big Daddy”.

However, cracks are appearing in the family’s veneer: no one has told Big Daddy that he is dying of cancer, but the scheming over his inheritance has already begun. His son Brick, the former golden child, is battling with repressed emotions and his desperate wife Maggie, and has taken to the bottle.

In the course of an evening full of scheming and deceit, secrets and lies leave every single one of the family members reeling. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is one of the best-known and most-loved plays by Tennessee Williams, winning a Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1955.

“Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is an American masterpiece – a brilliant dissection of a family in turmoil; a father determined to save his legacy, a son determined to throw it away and a wife equally determined not to let that happen. Tom O’Sullivan (one of our 2009 HotBedders), fresh from Underbelly and Cops L.A.C., makes his Black Swan mainstage debut alongside the acclaimed John Stanton and Cheree Cassidy, who recently had such searing success on Underbelly.” Kate Cherry

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Cast & Creatives

Cast includes: Caitlin Beresford-Ord, Carol Burns, Cheree Cassidy, Damon Lockwood, Daniel Murphy, Tom O’Sullivan, Hugh Parker, John Stanton and Gina Williams

Director: Kate Cherry

Set & Costume Designer: Bruce McKinven Lighting Designer: David Murray Sound Designer: Ben Collins 

Reviews

"Director Kate Cherry dishes up a captivatingly beautiful serving of the original raw, powerful writing and innately flawed characters." WA Today

"Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is an audacious, free-spirited American masterpiece given a clearly struck and handsome revival by director Kate Cherry" The West Australian

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