The Female of the Species

Playhouse Theatre

21 June - 6 July 2008

By Joanna Murray-Smith

Directed by Tom Gutteridge
Set & Costume Design by Caitlin Ryan
Lighting Design by Jon Buswell
Sound Design by Kingsley Reeve
Fight Director Andy Fraser
Matt Dyktinski
Natalie Holmwood
Deborah Kennedy
Alison van Reeken
Igor Sas
Dennis Simmons

Feminism as a Laughing Matter

Inspired by Germaine Greer's experience in 2000 with a female intruder in her home, Joanna Murray-Smith's feminist farce sparks with an intelligence and confidence worthy of Greer herself.

Margot is 'sprinting for a deadline' in her country home when she is confronted by Molly. What appears to be hero-worship slowly takes on a sinister edge as it emerges that Molly blames Margot's ever-changing feminist perspective for ruining her life and killing her mother. The upshot of this 'show down' is never predictable and always hilarious.

"…We're used to earnest, worthy, breast-beating plays about feminism, sure, but a funny one? This one is." The Australian

Originally commissioned by Melbourne Theatre Company.

Venue: Playhouse Theatre, 3 Pier Street, Perth

Preview 1:Sat 21st June7.30pm
Preview 2:Mon 23rd June6.30pm
Opening Night:Tues 24th June7.30pm
 Wed 25th June7.30pm
 Thurs 26th June11am
 Thurs 26th June7.30pm
 Fri 27th June7.30pm
 Sat 28th June2.15pm
 Sat 28th June7.30pm
 Tues 1st July6.30pm
 Wed 2nd July7.30pm
 Thurs 3rd July7.30pm
 Fri 4th July7.30pm
 Sat 5th July7.30pm
 Sun 6th July5.00pm


Preview Performances

Tickets: $35
Students: $20

Season Performances

Standard: $45
Concession (Senior, Pensioner, Unemployed): $40
Groups 6+ (plus get 1 free ticket when you book 10 or more): $38
Students (full time students with photo ID): $20


Joanna is one of Australia's most successful playwrights and her plays have been performed all over the world. Honour has been produced in over two dozen countries, including productions at the Royal National Theatre in London, on the West End and on Broadway and has recently been adapted for BBC radio drama. In addition to Australian productions, Love Child has been produced throughout Asia and toured the UK. Nightfall has been produced in New York and by the English Speaking Theatre of Rome and has recently completed a tour of the UK. Rapture has had a workshop production in New York and two large productions in Tokyo. Redemption has been adapted for BBC radio drama. After two successful seasons in Australia, Bombshells was the hit of the Edinburgh Fringe in 2004 and had a production on the West End in 2005. Other plays include Atlanta, Ridge's Lovers, Angry Young Penguins and Flame which was adapted for SBS television. Many of her plays have been adapted for Australian radio drama. Both Rapture and Honour won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award. Joanna's most recent play, The Female of the Species has been optioned for a Broadway production in 2008. Her new play, Ninety will be produced at the Melbourne Theatre Company in 2008. She is currently adapting Ingmar Bergman's film Scenes from a Marriage for Sir Trevor Nunn, to premiere in the UK in January 2008.

Joanna's acclaimed novels include Truce, Judgement Rock which won Braille Book of the Year, and the recent Sunnyside (all Penguin), which made the final list of twelve for the 2006 Miles Franklin Award.

Joanna's screenwork includes the mini-series Cassidy for the ABC, as well as teleplays in the ABC's Seven Deadly Sins series (Greed) and Mimi Goes to the Analyst in the SBS series "Sixpack".

Her opera, composed by Paul Grabowsky, Love in the Age of Therapy, was produced by Opera Australia at the Melbourne International Arts Festival in 2002 and at the Sydney Opera House in 2003.

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