It’s my party, and I’ll die if I want to: Rockingham Theatre Company starts rehearsals for latest production


Back row: Cherry Allen (Debbie), Kirstie Francis (director), Kyle Binstead (Ted the undertaker), Danny Joyce (stage manager), Peter Scarrott (Michael). Front row Peter Shaw (Ron), Sue Walker (Dawn), Helen Parish (Karen), India Allen (lighting and sound technician). Picture: Peter Francis
Back row: Cherry Allen (Debbie), Kirstie Francis (director), Kyle Binstead (Ted the undertaker), Danny Joyce (stage manager), Peter Scarrott (Michael). Front row Peter Shaw (Ron), Sue Walker (Dawn), Helen Parish (Karen), India Allen (lighting and sound technician). Picture: Peter Francis

ROCKINGHAM Theatre Company has started rehearsals for its production It’s my party, and I’ll die if I want to, which is being directed by Kirstie Francis.

Auditions were well attended, giving the director a wide choice of talented actors.

The play, written by Elizabeth Coleman, tells the story of Ron Patterson who believes he has 111 minutes to live, so he decides to invite his wife and kids around for party pies, pavlova and to set up a strict schedule of events.

As he attempts to tie up the loose ends of his life, all the juicy neuroses of this very dysfunctional family come out of the closet, and his well-planned final party completely unravels.

Ron’s wife, Dawn, does not make it easy for him as he tries to set things up to make the end of his life run smoothly, with her dogmatic, but unrealistic view, that life is always neat, tidy and measurable.

His three offspring and the visiting funeral director also help to make the situation more chaotic with their patronising acceptance of Ron’s plans.

The comedy runs from August 25 to September 9.

Tickets are available at www.rockinghamtheatre.com or at the Rockingham Visitor’s Centre in Kent Street.

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