Enjoy debut play just for laugh

WINE, wikiHow and witchcraft all feature in the electrifying new comedy, ‘Wil and Grace’, starring Belmore actor Suz Mawer and set to debut tonight.

Playwright Madeleine Withington submitted the story to the Rogues on the Rocks Residency program in late 2020, where it was selected for production.
On a dark, stormy night in Petersham, housemates Grace and Varya drunkenly conduct a seance. They wake up the next day to find a naked Englishman sleeping on their couch. He says his name is Wil. Wil Shakespeare.
In a world where the future seems increasingly uncertain, Grace yearns to find the magic in the little things. When the reality of grief becomes too painful, she turns to fantasy.
But when reality slides too far out of her grip, danger lurks.
After the play was set to debut in July and delayed over Covid, Suz says she is excited to finally bring the story to life for audiences.
Playing the role of ‘Varya’, she says with a laugh it’s the first time she’s conducted a ‘seance’ and it turned out successfully.
“The story is a real hoot; it’s got the lot and deals with deep things like grief which seems timely considering we are all trying to get over the pandemic,” she said.
“But at it’s heart it is a love story that’s funny, fast, furious and unexpected.
“I can’t wait to give the crowd a good laugh.”
Catch ‘Wil and Grace’ at Fringe HQ Newtown, November 24 to December 4, with tickets $44-$50 (including bar beverage) at sydneyfringe.com.