In his play The Club, David Williamson presents numerous Australian attitudes of the 1970s. However, many of these attitudes are still relevant and fairly accurate representations of Australian attitudes in the 1990s, although some of course have changed somewhat over the time since the play was written nearly twenty years ago.
Tradition plays a very important part in The Club. Each of the characters of course has his own ideas and attitudes towards tradition, but there are some which are more or less universal throughout the play. In The Club, tradition is mainly presented as the opposite to progress and success; that is, to achieve success in today's world, tradition must be abandoned. For example, Laurie (the coach) blames an old Club tradition for his failure to win a premiership, 'You and your cronies wouldn't let me buy players.' Jock (the vice-president) replies, 'We were upholding an old tradition.
It was wrong, but we believed in it.' Then in the next line, Laurie accuses Jock of supporting the rest of the committee in upholding the tradition not because he believed in it himself, but because he didn't want Laurie to succeed, 'They might have believed in it but the reason why you wouldn't let the Club buy players was to stop me winning a flag.'
However, Jock does support and use tradition when it is in agreement with his goals. For example when trying to avert a players' strike, Jock claims that former Club heroes would be disgusted by the idea, 'I want to turn all those photographs around so they don't have to look down on this shameful scene.' However, it is later revealed that Jock supports the buying of players and a coach who has not played for the Club, both of which...