George and Martha stumble home from a faculty party at the university where George teaches. Right away we get the sense that they’re not the happiest couple in the world – in fact they seem to be rather bitter. Martha informs her husband that a young couple, Nick and Honey, are coming over for a few after party drinks. The doorbell chimes and the scene is set for alcohol, agony, and some serious emotional devastation.
Edward Albee - Author
“I don't mind people having false illusions as long as they know that they're false. If people want to kid themselves, it's important that they know that they're kidding themselves. Life is too short to take the middle ground.”
Albee made his Broadway debut in 1962 with Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, an over three-hour long play about the existentially fraught relationship between a middle-aged professor George and his wife Martha, who pull a couple of invited guests into their dysfunction in a night of alcohol-fuelled confron-tations. Some critics were horrified by the raw emotions on stage, others found it revelatory. The pro-duction was a major hit, winning the Tony Award for Best Play. A jury also awarded it the Pulitzer Prize, but the Pulitzer advisory board rejected their recommendation.
The play found another life when it was adapted for the screen in a 1966 film starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, who won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.
Decades later, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is considered a modern theatre classic. Various award-winning Broadway re-vivals have been staged including a 1976 production starring Colleen Dewhurst and Ben Gazarra; a 2005 production star-ring Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin; and a 2010 production starring Amy Morton and Tracy Letts. A production starring Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill is currently playing at the Harold Pinter theatre in London.
After suffering a short illness, Albee died at his home in Montauk, New York, on September 16, 2016 at the age of 88. He is remembered as one of the foremost playwrights of his generation.
Alida Chaney - Martha
First performing at the age of 11 in the UK, Alida has numerous stage credits. She had been actively performing in the UK until the night she left for Australia over 18 years ago. She then claimed she was going to ‘slow down’… famous last words! Since her arrival Alida has been busier than ever: now she has taken on Directing, Producing and Teaching.
Her most recent theatre credits include: Miss Grace – A Man of No Importance; Sister Robert-Ann – Nunsense & Nunsense 2; Jean Sod – Lucky Sod; Miss Hannigan – Annie; Aunty Em – The Wizard of Oz; Helene Hanff – 84 Charing Cross Road; Marjorie – Hot Taps; Edith – ‘Allo ‘Allo; Madame Victorine – Les Misérables and Nellie The Badger – Jekyll & Hyde.
Cameron Leese - Nick
Cameron trained at Swinburne University Melbourne in 2008 and 2009. In 2010, after relocating to London, Cameron was cast in various Television Commercials and short films, including Cannes Film Festival short film nominee Losing It. 2011 brought Cameron roles in student and short films, culminating in work as an extra on feature films, Snow-White and the Huntsman, Dark Shadows andAnna Karenina. In 2011 Cameron also undertook further acting training at London's Sylvia Young Theatre School. Since his return to Perth, Cameron has completed several intensive acting courses run by NIDA.
In 2013 Cameron made his theatrical debut in GRADS' production of The Merry-Go-Round in the Sea. This was followed by his lead role in Playlovers' production of Boeing, Boeing. These were followed by roles in Playlovers' Subscription to Love; his Milly Award winning role of Dimitri in the original It's All Greek to Me; ABC2's First Date, Worst Date; Melville Theatre’s Relative Values; ITP's The Big Casino; Playlovers' Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo; his lead role of Rebel Potter in No Names No Pack Drill at the Old Mill. 2016 began with a reprisal of the role of Dimitri in It’s All Greek to Me Too and ended with a small role in a Television Commercial for the Road Safety Commission.
Brendan Tobin – Director
Brendan has been involved in all aspects of theatre for over fifty years. Professionally, he has appeared in Hello Dolly, Oliver, The Black and White Minstrel Show, Promises, Promises .In Community theatre, he has appeared in over fifty productions including Candide, On The Twentieth Century, The Fantasticks, The King and I, Chicago, Man of La Mancha, Me and My Girl, The Music Man, My Fair Lady, South Pacific, Oliver! Hotel Sorrento, The Darling Buds of May, Aida, Kiss Me Kate, Open All Hours, Blackadder Goes Forth, Blackadder The Third, Noises Off and The Importance of Being Earnest. Brendan won Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Wal Moynihan in Hotel Sorrento at the Garrick Theatre (2009). He directed Jack and the Beanstalk (2011), Cinderella (2013), the Award winning It’s My Party, And I’ll Die If I Want To (2015) and made his debut as Musical Director for Dick Whittington (2015) all at Marloo Theatre.
Assistant to the Director.
George Boyd - Set Designer
Richard Hadler - George
Richard has appeared in numerous plays including The Foreigner and Scrooge the Panto, both at the Marloo Theatre; Prepare To Meet Thy Tomb at the Garrick Theatre and Darling Buds Of May for The Ellenbrook Theatre Company.
He was nominated for a Finley award for ‘best actor in a musical’ for Scroogethe Panto but was pipped at the post by somebody who could actually sing!
Krysia Wiecheki - Honey
Krysia is a graduate in a Bachelor of Arts in Drama Studies (2003) and has since done a range of acting courses in Advanced Acting Sessions at The Blue Room. Her studies have led her down a wonderful path and strengthened her love for the stage. She has been involved in many productions over the years and she also performs daily in children’s educational classes and shows.
Krysia loves to take on challenging roles, having recently performed in the Commedia dell’arte Fringe show and Yellow Belly, with IntoTheMask Theatre Company.
Krysia has also worked closely with Serial Productions in their recent shows The Importance of Being Earnest and Noises Off, which she was very proud to be a part of. Krysia is currently working on a children’s TV show this year alongside being in this amazing production, Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? She is so excited to be involved in this show as it is one of her favourite scripts and she loves working with such a talented group of people.