It's the night before opening of Living Today by Dylan Crackbourn. Bill is a clapped out, middle aged theatre director hoping to save his finances and his marriage by scoring a hit with his production - but in the lead he's cast Jules, TV star and narcissist who can't seem to achieve the simplest of tasks. Director and actor walk through the moves to try and nail it before the big night. But the farce of Bill's life and the farce they're rehearsing get horribly entangled... with murderous results.
"In A Commercial Farce ... Houghton turns his laser wit onto commercial theatre. It’s as much homage as satire: Houghton has his cake and eats it too. It’s funny for all the reasons that Alan Ayckbourn or Michael Frayn are funny, with added meta-text.." - Alison Croggon, Theatre Notes, 2009
Tom Healey in conversation with Peter Houghton about A Commercial Farce:
- Black Comedy / Farce
- 85 minutes
- 0 female, 2 male
- teen, young adult, adult
- Australian Script Centre