Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

by Tennessee Williams

9 August — 13 September 2008

Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse

Charged with verbal pyrotechnics, savage humour, and sexual friction, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is Williams’ explosive portrait of a Mississippi family jeopardised by hypocrisy, avarice, and hidden desires.

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On a steamy summer’s night on a Mississippi plantation, Big Daddy’s (Chris Haywood) family celebrate his sixty-fifth birthday. It’s a tense occasion. Big Daddy’s hard and unforgiving love has scarred his two sons, especially his favourite, Brick (Martin Henderson). Holding tight to something he cannot forget yet dare not mention, Brick wallows in booze and recrimination, thwarting the desires of his wife Maggie (Essie Davis). But will the revelation that Big Daddy is dying set Brick and Maggie free?

Possessing a fractious atmosphere that mixes simmering sexuality with testy social comedy, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof swelters like a Delta fever, oozing the lyrical splendour for which Tennessee Williams is famous.

Artwork for Essie Davis

Essie Davis


Artwork for Gary Files

Gary Files

Rev Tooker

Artwork for Chris Haywood

Chris Haywood

Big Daddy

Artwork for Martin Henderson

Martin Henderson


Artwork for Terry Norris

Terry Norris

Dr Baugh

Grant Piro

Grant Piro


Deidre Rubenstein

Deidre Rubenstein

Big Mama

Artwork for Rebekah Stone

Rebekah Stone


Artwork for Gale Edwards

Gale Edwards


Stephen Curtis

Stephen Curtis

Set & Costume Designer

Matt Scott

Matt Scott

Lighting Designer

Paul Grabowsky

Paul Grabowsky