Back Row - Stephanie Byrne, Emma Jones, Daniel Trotter. Seated - Ian Rooney (laying down), Robyn Birrell (Director), Tess Evans, Petrina Dakin.

Queenscliff Lighthouse Theatre presents ‘It’s My Party’ at 360Q

As winter approaches, the Queenscliffe Lighthouse Theatre Group guarantees you a fun night of wining, dining and great entertainment when they present the award-winning comedy ‘It’s My Party’ and I’ll die if I want to’ at 360Q restaurant at the Harbour.

“At 10.23pm on the fifth of March my doctor gave me 3 months to live. By my calculations, that leaves me with exactly 111 minutes. So Dawn’s invited the kids around for party pies and pavlova.” (Opening scene.)

Ron Patterson, a married man with three grown up children, decides he can’t die with his affairs in a mess, so he invites the children around in a desperate attempt to tie up the loose ends of his life.

The comedy is inky black in its subject matter of imminent death, but made hilarious by the absurdities and frustrations surrounding Ron and his wife Dawn’s unrealistic yet steadfast belief that life is neat, tidy and measurable.

Set in the early 1990s, the action takes place throughout one evening in a ‘typical’ suburban lounge room. All the juicy neuroses of this dysfunctional family come out of the closet, and Ron’s well planned final party completely unravels.

Playwright, Elizabeth Coleman (Secret Bridesmaids Business) is one of Australia’s finest writers. Her observation of family and all that comes with sibling rivalry and wincingly funny one-liners reveal the timeless trials of a typical Australian family.

Director Robyn Birrell’s excellent cast have a good feel for offbeat humour. Featuring Ian Rooney (Ron), Emma Jones (Dawn), Daniel Trotter (Michael Patterson).

The play was first performed at La Mama Theatre, Carlton, in conjunction with the Melbourne Comedy Festival 31 March 1993.

The show is part of the Low Light Festival. Tickets at $65pp include the show and a 2 course meal. The show opens on Friday 7 June until Saturday 15 June.

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Queenscliffe Lighthouse Theatre Group marks 16 years of performance in Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale.