travelling north in noosa

Noosa Arts Theatre’s production of David Williamson’s Travelling North, directed by Steven Tandy, opens…


Actually, it’s looking okay (tech weekend coming up!) and, considering the Gala Opening Night, which will be attended by David and Kristen Williamson,  is completely sold out and ticket sales for the season are way ahead of where they were for Influence last year (a sell-out season), you’d better get in quickly and book or you’ll miss out on the show and seeing it in the newly renovated theatre. I’m lucky there was a seat for Sam – the last one for Opening Night – I was almost divorced. Why he can’t be responsible for booking his own ticket when I’m busy concentrating on lines and shoes and props, I don’t know.



Travelling North will be the first production in the newly refurbished Noosa Arts Theatre. It’s appropriate that this play should be chosen because it’s one of the best loved plays by the patron of Noosa Arts Theatre, David Williamson.

Many will have seen the delightful film version of this play starring Leo McKern (Rumpole of the Bailey), Julie Blake (Bed of Roses), Henri Szeps (Mother & Son) and Graham Kennedy. Andrea Moor, Sydney bred and now based in Brisbane, appears as Frank’s daughter, Joan.

One of the central themes of this play will resonate with many who have “travelled north” to seek a better live in beautiful warm surroundings but who still have family obligations, which often take us away from their cherished retirement retreat.  Also, ill health can shatter our dreams of an easy life.  How do we struggle to balance family obligations with personal desires and should we keep promises when circumstances change?

The main characters, Frank & Frances, have a twilight love affair and travel north to find a new life together, away from burdensome family obligations.  Their escape is short lived when family issues and ill health intrude on their idyll.

To summarise – this is a beautifully written play that has at its centre, two wonderfully drawn characters dealing with the complexities of their lives and their relationships. Frank and Frances demand the right to live a life not defined by their children. This is David Williamson in top form with sharp, spiky and witty dialogue in abundance and themes that are at the heart of all our lives, particularly as we get older.

This play will be directed by Steven Tandy, who is best known for playing Tom Sullivan in the hit TV series The Sullivans.  He is an experienced director, having directed many plays in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.


  • Gala Fund-Raising First Night – APRIL 4 – all tickets $50 (includes drink on arrival and light supper at interval with David and Kristin Williamson)
  • Evenings APRIL 5, 6 (Good Friday – no bar), 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 at 7.30pm
  • Matinees APRIL 8 (Easter Sunday) and 15 at 2pm

Ticket Prices:

  • Gala First Night (April 4) – all tickets $50 SOLD OUT
  • Adults $26
  • Concessions $22
  • Members and Groups* $20
  • Children (U13) $15


  • Phone sales- 5449 9343, Monday to Saturday, 9am to noon from March 10
  • Online – click here

*Groups are defined as 10 or more people, please phone (07) 5449 9343 to organise.

To book the wheelchair access seat, please phone (07) 5449 9343






3 Responses to “travelling north in noosa”

  1. March 26, 2012 at 10:42 am

    IMHO it is David’s ‘best’ and most compassionate play. PS I had the privilege of playing Helen in QTC’s production in 1980.

    • March 26, 2012 at 2:14 pm

      Oh, Kate, you would have made such a wonderful Helen! And I agree; this play is so compassionate, deeply truthful and beautiful in its simplicity and sincerity. I’m very much enjoying bringing Sophie to life for this production. x

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