Thirty years ago Margot Mason, pioneer of the 1970s Women’s Liberation movement and fearless academic, wrote her ground-breaking work and numerous best-sellers followed. Now she has writer’s block. Molly, an unannounced visitor and committed fan of Margot and her work, offers a potential solution - until Molly produces a gun and calmly informs Margot that she intends to kill her because she blames her for warping her mother’s mind and ruining her life with her hit book ‘The Cerebral Vagina.’
Joanna Murray-Smith’s deliciously wicked comedy deftly walks the tightrope between satire and farce proving the female of the species is not only deadlier, but funnier than the male.
This gem from the pen of one of Australia’s most outstanding playwrights was inspired by Germaine Greer’s experience of being held captive in her country house.
The Female of the Species premiered at Melbourne Theatre Company in 2006. It was also produced by Queensland Theatre Company in February, 2008 and Black Swan Theatre Company in Perth in June, 2008. It opened in the West End at the Vaudeville Theatre in July, 2008, starring Eileen Atkins and was nominated for best comedy in the 2009 Olivier Awards. In February, 2010, the play was staged at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles with David Arquette and Annette Benning.
Joanna Murry-Smith has won many Writing Awards: Australian Film Institute Award nomination in 1989 for the screenplay to Georgia (shared with Ben Lewin, Bob Weis); Braille Book of the Year for Judgement Rock; Victorian Premier's Literary Award: Southbank Pacific Prize for Drama for Honour in 1996; Victorian Premier's Literary Award: Louis Esson Prize for Drama for Rapture in 2003; Winner 2004 Fringe First Award, Edinburgh Festival Fringe for Bombshells; International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award nomination in 2004 for Judgement Rock; Winner 2005 London Theatregoers Choice Award for Bombshells; Final list of the Miles Franklin Award in 2006 for Sunnyside; Co-winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards (Play Award) 2012 for The Gift
The Female of the Species
By Joanna Murray-Smith
Director: Sue Clapham
Starring: Sharon Grimley, Anna McMahon, Karina Seale, Stephen Moore, Colin Donnelly and Mohammed Shamim
Preview: NOVEMBER 27—all tickets $20
Evenings: NOVEMBER 28, 29, DECEMBER 3, 4, 5, 6 at 7:30pm
Matinees: NOVEMBER 30 at 2pm and DECEMBER 6 at 1pm
Adults $29 | Concessions $25 | Members and Groups $23 | Preview and children $20
Box Office: Tuesday to Friday, 9am to 2pm, Phone sales: 5449 9343, Tuesday to Friday, 9am to 2pm, Online: http://www.noosaartstheatre.org.au
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