“Darling I know I am old. I remember when a Brazilian was a person. But sixty is the new forty and all that.
A farce of switching allegiances, this is a hilarious riposte to the received idea that feminism and feminists are not funny. In The Female of the Species, feminism has found its farcical funny bone, but the belly laughs are spiked with sharp truths and no point of view is off-limits.
“The landscape of feminism and sexual politics is a mine-field of sensitivities. The time has finally come not only to observe the triumphs of feminism but also to laugh at its ironies and hypocrisies.” – Joanna Murray-Smith
In April 2000, Germaine Greer was held captive in her country house in Essex. The image of the famous feminist cuffed and gagged by an infatuated and unstable young woman inspired this gem from the pen of Australian playwright, Joanna Murray-Smith.
Margot Mason, iconoclast, visionary and monstrous egotist, is a famous feminist writer, struggling to finish her next book. So when her comfortable home is invaded by an obsessed, gun-toting fan, her indignity knows no bounds. How could this confused and angry young woman be her nemesis? And so, from the very first moment, we’re plunged into a smart and witty comedy of ideas, crackling with brilliant one-liners.
“Australia’s foremost female playwright has notched up a career-stretching, commercially viable winner…Everything coldly and cruelly clicks with the neat efficiency of clockwork. Right down to the final, crazily logical moments, this is a knock-’em-dead rib-tickler.”
Directed by Claudia Barrie
*A performance will include a LIVE Question and Answer session with writer Joanna Murray-Smith (date to be confirmed).