The Ham Funeral

‘The Ham Funeral’, is one of the most intriguingly original plays in the Australian theatre history, written in 1948 by Australia’s only Nobel Laureate for Literature, Patrick White. The story dealing with frivolity, excess and desire, centres around an impressionable young poet and his existential search for the meaning of life.

In a gothic inner-city boarding house, a naïve young poet is drawn into the fetid world of the basement-dwelling landlord and his wife, the hauntingly grotesque Mr and Mrs Lusty.

When her husband drops dead suddenly, Mrs Lusty announces a lavish funeral feast in his honour. Driven by her relentless appetite, she attempts to seduce the poet, drawing him into a dangerous sexual game with comically tragic consequences.

Part vaudeville, part lyric poem, and part gothic drama, it is an unnervingly dark and vulgar investigation of the human condition.

Directed by Kate Gaul. A Siren Theatre Co & Griffin Independent Production.

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