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It’s My Party (And I’ll Die If I Want To)


Fri 5 Jul 2013, 8:00pm–10:15pm
Sat 6 Jul 2013, 8:00pm–10:15pm

Where: Athenaeum Theatre, 188 Collins Street, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $54.50
  • Concession: $44.50
  • Juniors: $25.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: HITProductions

Henri Szeps stars in a deliciously twisted Aussie comedy.

Ron: Good evening. At 10.23pm on January 24, my doctor gave me three 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.

Gruff, well ordered, quintessentially Aussie family man Ron is convinced he is dying. In a magnanimous gesture of loving finality, he hosts a party, giving his wife and children the chance to spend a few last quality moments as a family. As the minutes tick away, Ron’s party schedule unravels to reveal a dysfunctional family unit that is both outlandishly bizarre and utterly recognisable.

From the writer that brought you the highly successful comedy Secret Bridesmaids’ Business, Elizabeth Coleman’s deliciously funny and sweetly dark play It’s My Party (And I’ll Die If I Want To) is a tale of anxiety, absurdity and occasional terror. Like all great comedies, there is laughter... but the elbow jabbing at your ribs is that little bit sharper than expected.

Helpmann Award winner Henri Szeps (Mother and Son) stars alongside Green Room Award winner Robyn Arthur (The Boy From Oz, Woodley) in two performances at Melbourne’s historic Athenaeum Theatre.

"So very funny" - The Australian

"Audiences will be both groaning with familiarity and rolling in the aisles. This is great fun" - The Sunday Telegraph

- Ron Patterson
- Henri Szeps
- Dawn Patterson
- Robyn Arthur
- Michael Patterson
- Trent Baker
- Debbie Patterson
- Sharon Davis
- Karen Patterson
- Freya Pragt
- Ted Wilkins
- Matt Furlani

- Author: Elizabeth Coleman
- Producer: Christine Harris and HIT Productions
- Director: Denis Moore
- Set Designer: Shaun Gurton
- Lighting Designer: Jason Bovaird
- Costume Designer: Adrienne Chisholm