In 1971, Don’s Party became a sensation as Williamson’s deeply satirical voice cut through a very thin veneer of social etiquette to expose Australia’s middle class as it had never before been seen on stage. 40 years later, it’s time for another election night party at Don‘s house. It’s the evening of the knife-edge battle between Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott and the gang is back together to show us exactly why politics and strong personalities should never be mixed with alcohol.
Williamson has made many comments about why he decided to write Don Parties On. He expresses a clear sense of frustration at the ostrich like behaviour of many politicians in the face of looming disasters such as global warming. He argues that the baby boomers were the most fortunate generation on our earth and yet instead of working to make our world a better place they over indulged and simply partied on.Williamson has even referred to this play as an apology from his generation to those that follow. As usual, he masterfully takes these important themes and wraps them in rich tapestry of comedy and pathos.