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31 July – 11 August 2024

JULIA By Joanna Murray-Smith Directed by Sarah Goodes

Not now, not ever. Secure your tickets now to one of 2024’s greatest theatrical experiences, as the brilliantly talented Justine Clarke steps into the shoes of Australia’s first female prime minister to deliver an exhilarating performance that will be remembered for generations. In 2012, Julia Gillard gave a speech that sent shockwaves around the world. Just over a decade later, a group of Australia’s finest theatre-makers – playwright Joanna Murray-Smith, director Sarah Goodes and an outstanding creative team, along with Clarke and exciting newcomer Jessica Bentley – have created a stirring and inspiring re-examination of that moment, and a revelatory portrait of the woman who made it all happen. Co-produced by Sydney Theatre Company and Canberra Theatre Centre, Julia is both a compelling insight into the person behind the public mask, and a reflection on the experience of women in contemporary politics. In a thrilling coming together of history and art, Murray-Smith’s incredible dramatic imagination has rendered a powerful monologue that takes us through key moments in Prime Minister Gillard’s life, culminating in an “electrifying” (The Guardian) verbatim performance of the ‘misogyny speech’. Showered with critical adoration in response to smash-hit seasons in Canberra and Sydney in 2023, Julia remains one of the hottest tickets in town for any theatre-goer interested in spectacular acting, first-rate directing, the state of Australian politics, or the stirring story of one woman who changed history. “Fast-paced and clever…theatregoers were applauding on their feet” – The Australian “Clarke is magnificent” – The Canberra Times
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Synopsis

31 July – 11 August 2024

JULIA
By Joanna Murray-Smith
Directed by Sarah Goodes

Not now, not ever.

Secure your tickets now to one of 2024’s greatest theatrical experiences, as the brilliantly talented Justine Clarke steps into the shoes of Australia’s first female prime minister to deliver an exhilarating performance that will be remembered for generations.

In 2012, Julia Gillard gave a speech that sent shockwaves around the world. Just over a decade later, a group of Australia’s finest theatre-makers – playwright Joanna Murray-Smith, director Sarah Goodes and an outstanding creative team, along with Clarke and exciting newcomer Jessica Bentley – have created a stirring and inspiring re-examination of that moment, and a revelatory portrait of the woman who made it all happen.

Co-produced by Sydney Theatre Company and Canberra Theatre Centre, Julia is both a compelling insight into the person behind the public mask, and a reflection on the experience of women in contemporary politics. In a thrilling coming together of history and art, Murray-Smith’s incredible dramatic imagination has rendered a powerful monologue that takes us through key moments in Prime Minister Gillard’s life, culminating in an “electrifying” (The Guardian) verbatim performance of the ‘misogyny speech’.

Showered with critical adoration in response to smash-hit seasons in Canberra and Sydney in 2023, Julia remains one of the hottest tickets in town for any theatre-goer interested in spectacular acting, first-rate directing, the state of Australian politics, or the stirring story of one woman who changed history.

“Fast-paced and clever…theatregoers were applauding on their feet” – The Australian

“Clarke is magnificent” – The Canberra Times


A Sydney Theatre Company and Canberra Theatre Centre production

STC CTC

 

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Dates & Times

Wednesday 31 July 2024, 7.30pm

Thursday 1 August 2024, 7.30pm

Friday 2 August 2024, 7.30pm

Saturday 3 August 2024, 2pm & 7.30pm

Tuesday 6 August 2024, 7.30pm

Wednesday 7 August 2024, 7.30pm

Thursday 8 August 2024, 7.30pm

Friday 9 August 2024, 7.30pm

Saturday 10 August 2024, 2pm (Live Captioned) & 7.30pm

Sunday 11 August 2024, 5pm

Details

PRESENTED BY:
A Sydney Theatre Company and Canberra Theatre Centre production

CATEGORY:
Theatre

DURATION:
Approximately 90 minutes, with no interval.

DISCLAIMER:
This play is a fictional imagining by the playwright, of true events in the life of Julia Gillard. It combines references to true events, extracts from published works, interviews, fictitious commentary and opinions which the Playwright and the Producers believe to be honestly held. Ms Gillard has not endorsed or read, nor had any artistic input into the production of, this play.

WARNINGS:
This performance contains coarse language, strobe lighting and haze effects.

ACCESS:
The Saturday 10 August 2024, 2pm performance will be Live Captioned | PROMO CODE: CAPTION

AGE SUITABILITY:
This performance is suitable for audiences aged 15+ or with parental discretion.

LATECOMERS:
For most performances, latecomers cannot be admitted until a break in the performance. Please allow plenty of time to cover traffic and parking delays.

VENUE:
The Playhouse
SEATING PLAN
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Credits

By Joanna Murray-Smith

Director Sarah Goodes

Designer Renée Mulder

Lighting Designer Alexander Berlage

Composer & Sound Designer Steve Francis

Video Designer Susie Henderson

Assistant Director Charley Allanah

Voice & Dialect Coach Jennifer White

With Jessica Bentley, Justine Clarke

 

Image Credit: Justine Clarke. Photo: Rene Vaile

 

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