STIRLING Theatre is serving up a West End smash hit as its first season of 2021.
Written by Moira Buffini and directed by Virginia Moore Price, Dinner dishes out an evening from hell as hostess Paige celebrates the publication and success of her husband’s philosophy book.
An artist, scientist and sexpot are invited to dine, served by a silent waiter sourced from an obscure website.
When an unexpected guest arrives, he gets trapped in the fun and games and feast of revenge that will inevitably be the undoing of the night’s entertainment.
Dinner premiered at London’s Royal National Theatre in 2002 and is one of many acclaimed plays and films written by Buffini.
“Each course of the dinner has been deliciously calculated in some way to question the philosophical theories created by Paige’s husband,” Moore Price said.
“The invited guests are being used as pawns in Paige’s plans to derail her husband’s achievements.”
The main challenge, according to Moore Price, is the fact the entire show is set around a dinner table.
“I need to add movement that looks natural and keep the audience’s interest,” she said.
“The play is very wordy and touches on subjects that can be difficult to comprehend and are not nice to talk about in civilised conversation.
“The characters are larger than life, so finding the fine line between melodrama and realism is almost non-existent.
“Although Dinner is a dark comedy, it can easily be considered a drama with some hilarious moments.
“It’s my responsibility to direct the show as truly as possible to the writer’s intent.”
With an advance diploma in lighting for theatre from the WA Academy of Performing Arts, Moore Price has been lighting up Perth venues for several years.
Two years ago she stepped up to the stage and has since appeared with KADS, Melville, Garrick and Stirling Theatres in productions such as Accidental Death of An Anarchist, Sense and Sensibility, Beyond A Joke and ’Allo ’Allo, also directing Hard Candy in Darwin.
“I decided to direct Dinner because the wording and pace is extremely thoughtful and funny,” Moore Price said.
“It touched on many subject matters including suicide, marital relationships, the perception of nihilism and one’s mortality.”
Dinner plays at 8pm February 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20 with 2pm matinees February 7 and 14. Tickets are $22, $20 concession – book at www.trybooking.com/BMAMF.
Please note: the play contains adult themes and some coarse language.
Stirling Theatre is on Morris Place, Innaloo.
dinner1: Stirling Theatre is dishing out the chilling dark comedy Dinner this February.
dinner2: The cast of Dinner: Suzannah Churchman, left, Jacob Lane, Lara Brunini, Sean Bullock, Peter Neaves, Kate Elder and Malcolm Douglas.
dinner3: Paige (Suzannah Churchman, left) comes to blows with Hal (Peter Neaves, right) in front of Mike (Jacob Lane) and Sian (Lara Brunini).
dinner-lobster: Vegetarian Wynne (Kate Elder, right) is taunted with a lobster by dinner host Paige (Suzannah Churchman).
Stirling Theatre is a not-for-profit organisation which aims to promote and encourage drama and allied arts within the City of Stirling for cultural, educational and recreational purposes.
The group has been in existence since 1970 and prides itself on the quality of its productions and endeavours to produce five or six seasons a year. Stirling Theatre also promotes youth theatre activities through the SPY (Stirling Players Youth) group. It also offers opportunities for community groups to fund-raise through charity nights held during a season.
Virginia Moore Price
P: 0428 186 895