Three Williamsons reunited at Noosa Arts Theatre

Felix Williamson.

Australia’s most prolific playwright and Noosa Arts Theatre patron David Williamson and sons Rory and Felix are again joining forces with Noosa Arts Theatre to bring one of David’s best loved plays to the stage in July.

Money and Friends, which runs at Noosa Arts from 21 July – 13 August, is set in a fictional coastal town called Crystal Inlet where a group of friends confront how much their friendships are truly worth.

As one of the main characters states, “If friendship had any reality, money would be the test”.

This highly entertaining and insightful clash between commercialism and ideals makes Money and Friends as relevant today as when it broke box office records in the 1990s.

NIDA-trained Rory and Felix Williamson will be sharing their skills with the local cast and crew as director and actor respectively as they did last year with David’s outrageous comedy, Up for Grabs.

This year, Felix will also be running workshops for directors and actors.

Felix has starred in productions for Sydney Theatre Company, State Theatre of SA, Bell Shakespeare and Sydney’s Ensemble Theatre and in television series such as Underbelly, Wentworth, and Rake, also playing former PM Paul Keating in the mini-series Hawke.

The local cast includes Zoe Griffen, Jo Hendrie, Frank Wilkie, Patrick Reed, Yannick Marot, Sepi Burgiani, Rebecca Munasinghe and Jackson O’Sullivan.

Theatre spokesperson Maria Karambelas said Noosa’s community theatre was fortunate to have David as patron and opportunities for aspiring actors and directors to learn from industry professionals, such as Rory and Felix.

“The ultimate goal is our audience’s enjoyment, and a show like Money and Friends is a great way to have some fun after a few tough years.”

Warning: This show contains adult content and themes, and the easily offended must not attend.

The play opens 21 July and runs until 13 August. Bookings on or 5449 9343.