The season of Up For Grabs at Noosa Arts Theatre is a family affair - written by Sunshine Beach local, family patriarch and Australia’s most successful playwright, David Williamson, with his sons, Rory as director and Felix starring in the production.
Up for Grabs is a funny, blunt and confronting roller-coaster ride. It may even shock you! It asks the question … Art dealers: parasites or prophets? Simone Allen would prefer to see herself as the latter, but when she is given the opportunity of her career, a chance to sell a Whiteley, her behaviour becomes less than angelic as the pressure mounts.
Driven sometimes by greed, sometimes by aesthetics, Williamson’s characters discover how far they will go when more than just a beautiful work of art is Up for Grabs in this sexy comedy of manners.
Rory, who is also a Noosa local, last appeared on stage at Noosa Arts Theatre in another of David’s plays, Jack of Hearts in 2017. He graduated from NIDA in 1999 as an actor and has appeared in New Zealand’s favourite serial Shortland Street as Dr Paul Exley, Paper Giants, Underbelly Badness, All Saints and Home & Away. He also produced the AFI award-winning documentary That Sugar Film in 2015, about the evils of sugar.
Sydney-based actor Felix, also a NIDA graduate, will play Manny in Up For Grabs, a successful entrepreneur with a dark secret. Felix played Paul Keating in the tele-movie, Hawke, and has had roles in The Great Gatsby, Palm Beach, Rake, Mabo, Backyard Ashes, and Underbelly: Razor, Dirty Deeds. He also wrote, directed and acted in Avalon Now, a hilarious, observational take on pretentiousness on the Northern Beaches in Sydney.
Proceeds from the 29 July performance will go to assist the people of Cobargo in New South Wales whose town was destroyed by the devastating bushfires of last year.
CUT PRICE PREVIEW: 22 July at 7.30pm, all tickets $25
GALA OPENING NIGHT: 23 July at 7.30pm, all tickets $75 - sold out
EVENINGS: 29 and 30 July; and 5, 6, 7 August at 7.30pm
MATINEES: 22, 25, 31 July; and 1, 7, 8 August at 2pm
Adult $35, Concession $28, Noosa Arts Theatre member/Group $25
Book online or by phone, or counter sales from Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 2pm at 163 Weyba Road, Noosaville.
Pictured: Felix, David and Rory Williamson at Noosa Arts Theatre, preparing for the season of Up For Grabs. Photo by Travis Macfarlane