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The Cat's Meow

Author: Steven Peros

Summary: 'Welcome to Hollywood, a place just off the coast of planet Earth.'

On 15 November 1924, a glittering collection of famous movie stars, producers, directors and writers boarded the media tycoon William Randolph Hurst’s private yacht for a weekend party cruise. The mysterious death of one of those guests has become the stuff of Hollywood legend.

Set in the heights of the decadent jazz age, Stagecraft Theatre’s first play of 2014, The Cat’s Meow, revels in the scandals, secrets and salacious gossip of the time, all set to the sounds of a live jazz band and singer, the stomping steps of Charleston dancers and the occasional gun shot.

Come aboard and join the party. Just watch your back.

'A stylish and sardonically funny exposé of corrupt Tinseltown values.' - LA Times.

'It purrs with old-time glitz.' – Daily Bruin

Dates and times: Wednesday 2 to Saturday 5 April 2014 at 7.30 pm, Sunday 6 April at 3 pm, Tuesday 8 and Wednesday 9 April at 6.30 pm, Thursday 10 to Saturday 12 April at 7.30 pm.

Ticket prices: $25 for waged adults, $20 for seniors, unwaged adults and tertiary students with valid ID, $20 for Stagecraft members and $15 for high-school students with valid ID. Groups of 10+ (all on the same night) are $20 per person. Two tickets for $30 on the first Thursday for all ticket categories. Early bird discount: book for the first week of the play and get $3 off the full ticket price ($22 instead of $25).

Cast: 

  • Elinor Glyn – Julia Harris
  • Thomas Ince – Chris O’Grady
  • Margaret Livingston – Angela Fitzharris
  • George Thomas – Simon McArthur
  • Marion Davies – Jessica Aaltonen
  • Charlie Chaplin – Daniel Gorton
  • Louella Parsons – Amy Whiterod
  • William Randolph Hearst – David Cox
  • Joseph Willicombe – Lee Dowsett
  • Dr Daniel Goodman – Allan Burne
  • Mrs Goodman – Meredith Dooley
  • Celia Moore – Eileen Chase
  • Didi Dawson – Emily Gorton
  • Singer – Ruth Corkill
  • Mrs Ince – Meredith Dooley

Band: Ruth Corkill, Natalie Hunt, Darryn Woods, Annika Naschitzki, Robert Henderson, Ben Hunt, Ben Woods

Crew: Matt Bentley (director), Joy Hellyer (production manager), JulieAnne Garnons-Williams (production assistant), Sue Haddock (rehearsal prompt), Natalie Hunt (musical director), Natasha McAllister (choreographer), Andrea Wiechern (stage manager), Karl Arndt (assistant stage manager), Michael Slater (lighting design), Michael Farmer (lighting operator), Sam Perry (set coordinator), Tracey Bree (props coordinator), Iona Anderson, Jim Stanton (wardrobe coordinator), Anna Stewart (wardrobe assistant), Tanya Piejus (publicity manager, publicity photography), Amy Whiterod (publicity art director), Stephen A'Court (poster photography), Lydia Harris (rehearsal photography), Ian and Robyn Ingleton (front of house)


Last updated 19 April 2014

The Cat's Meow