THE COCKTAIL PARTY
| 19th – 23rd September, 2017
| Studio One, UNSW
| Written by T.S. Eliot
| Directed by Andrew Signor
| Produced by Natalie Marcarian
About the play
"It will do you no harm to find yourself ridiculous".
London. Friday night. The war is over.
A bunch of high flying socialites are coming over for a cocktail bash. You’ve got the outfit. You’ve got the booze. The house is looking just marvellous. But we're missing our hostess.
Well-to-do lawyer Edward cannot figure out why his wife Lavinia would abandon him at such a crucial hour. There are people to impress and appearances to keep! The guests take turns at offering unsolicited opinions and dangerous advice, but as the alcohol and anxiety intertwine, people’s faces turn into a cantankerous clutter of putrid nothing.
Almost truly alone, a solitary wallflower beckons. This Unidentified Guest looks into Edward’s very soul, and finds the roadblocks hindering Lavinia’s return. This invites the unexpected; a train of events beyond anyone's control.
Nobel prize winning poet and playwright T.S. Eliot turns a seemingly familiar British drawing room Comedy of Manners into a rich surrealist journey of the human psyche. The Cocktail Party is a frenetic dismantling of love, destiny, and self-determination, all done piece by piece, with the need to see if they ever truly fit together.
Edward Chamberlayne: Michael Giglio
Lavinia Chamberlayne: Erika Felton
Celia Coplestone: Caitlin Adler
Sir Henry Harcourt-Reilly: Dan Tompson
Julia Shuttlethwaite: Lauren McNaught
Alex MacColgie Gibbs: Andrew Hwang
Peter Quilpe: Lyndon Carney
Director: Andrew Signor
Producer: Natalie Marcarian
Stage Manager: Rachel Guest
Lead Design: Laura Anderson
Production Mentor: Keri Tsaoucis
Dramaturg: Isabella M-White
Videographer/Photographer: Aaresh Madon
Publicity: Chiara Middleton
Set Design/Construction: William Gammel
Costume Design: Adrienne Dell
Sound Design: Liam Jarvis
Lighting Design: Vanessa Gregoriou
Graphic Design: Guy Segev
Assistant Stage Manager: Jordan Mah
Assistant Lighting Design: Jacqui Orme
Sound Operator: Sarah Stormont
Lighting Operator: Jasmine Borsovszky
Hair and Make Up: Casuarina O'Brien