“Not now, not ever.”
In 2012 Julia Gillard, Australia’s first female prime minister, gave a speech that sent shockwaves around the world.
Now, ten years later, one of Australia’s most esteemed and celebrated playwrights, Joanna Murray-Smith, brings the human story behind that speech to the stage.
Canberra Theatre Centre joins forces with Sydney Theatre Company to co-produce the extraordinary new play Julia, which will premiere in the nation’s capital, less than three kilometres from Parliament House where the famous ‘misogyny speech’ occurred.
Julia will see the glorious Justine Clarke (Children of the Sun) embody the life and career that led to the ‘misogyny speech’, in a phenomenal performance directed by Helpmann Award-winning Sarah Goodes (The Children).
This is both an intimate and compelling insight into the person behind the public mask, and a reflection on the experience of women in contemporary politics. Combining genuine excerpts from Gillard’s speech with Murray-Smith’s incredible dramatic imagination this play is also a thrilling coming together of history and art.
Around the world, we are seeing the most profound rollbacks to women’s rights legislation in two generations. At the same time, there have been encouraging strides forward in the representation of women in positions of power, both at home and abroad. In this climate, Julia is a rousing and energising reminder of where we’ve come from and an empowering imagining of the challenges yet to come.
A Canberra Theatre Centre and Sydney Theatre Company Co-Production
When: 18–25 March 2023
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Cct, Canberra ACT 2601
Cost: $89.00 – $119.00 plus transaction fee. Get tickets here.