Sydney Festival: Party

The Sydney Festival event I attended Monday night was musical: Neko Case. Last night was theatrical.

Party is a short comedy that started last night and plays this week at the Seymour Theatre Centre, a nice-looking arts complex that’s part of the University of Sydney. The play did well at a recent Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and I can see why: if you’ve gone to university and listened to 19-year-olds come up with idealistic plans about how they can politicise the world, eradicate injustice, and save the poor people, you’ll laugh out loud at Party. If you actually did political science or hung out with activists, you’ll probably injure yourself with mirth.

Party keeps a very light touch, and its university-aged characters are drawn from an easily-identified set of stock charcters. But it gets in and out quickly (just over an hour), and was lots of laughs.

The cast of Party


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