Cat on a Hot Tin Roof takes place over one hot evening at the 12,000 acre Pollitt family estate in the Mississippi Delta, where a wealthy Southern family of 1950s America has gathered to celebrate the birthday of its patriarch, Big Daddy. Not everyone knows it yet, least of all Big Mama, but Big Daddy is dying.
The favoured son, Brick, is a has-been football hero drinking away a hidden guilt who can’t seem to care about anything but his bottle. His wife Margaret has passion enough for the both of them and desperately wants Brick to want her again, but Brick preserves a distance, and the couple remain childless.
The overlooked son Gooper and his wife Mae meanwhile, are waiting on child number six, and parading the other five in front of Big Daddy in an attempt to win his attention, affection and eventually, his estate.
There’s a lot of repressed energy flying around this big old house, and it’s going to take a bit of friction and some harsh revelations to bring out the truth.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 29 Apr – 8 Jun 2018, Rosyln Packer Theatre
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