After the Ball (play)

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After the Ball
After the Ball, by David Williamson.jpg
Author David Williamson
Cover artist Cover photograph shows Penny Everingham as Kate (older) and Billie Brown as Stephen (older) in the 1997 Queensland Theatre Company production. Photo: Rob MacColl.
Country Australia
Language English
Genre Play
Publisher Currency Press
Publication date
Media type Print (Paperback)
ISBN 978-0-86819-537-7

After the Ball is a play by Australian playwright David Williamson, published by Currency Press in 1997.[1] Williamson wrote the play in response to his mother's death.[2]


The play is about Stephen, who has, with ill grace, returned home to his mother's deathbed. As he and his sister rake through the family photographs and childhood memories, they find conflicting versions of their parents’ unhappy marriage.

First Production

After the Ball was first produced by Queensland Theatre Company at the Suncorp Theatre, Brisbane, on 3 July 1997 with the following cast:

  • Kate Macrae (older): Penny Everingham
  • Judy Macrae (older): Jennifer Flowers
  • Stephen Macrae (older): Bille Brown
  • Ron Macrae: Max Gillies
  • Kate Macrae (younger): Carol Burns
  • Judy Macrae (younger) / nurse: Melissa McMahon
  • Stephen Macrae (younger): Anthony Weigh
  • Claire Cummins: Gael Ballantyne
  • Maureen Donahue: Sally McKenzie
  • Director, Robyn Nevin
  • Designer, Bill Haycock
  • Lighting Designer, David Walters
  • Music, Max Lambert


  1. ^ Williamson, David. "After the Ball". Currency Press. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
  2. ^ Bryce Hallett, "Elegy for two generations gets clear, forceful staging at last", Sydney Morning Herald, 25 March 2002 accessed 29 November 2012

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