Sydney Theatre Company - Julia
5 September to 12 October '24


Sydney Opera House, Sydney

Presented by Sydney Theatre Company
Return Season
An intimate and compelling production that brings the story behind the 'misogyny speech' to life.

5th September to 12th October '24 in 7 weeks. Tickets $110 to $140

By Joanna Murray-Smith
Directed by Sarah Goodes

Run, don't walk, to secure tickets to the special encore season of one of 2023's greatest theatrical experiences. The brilliantly talented Justine Clarke returns to step into the shoes of Australia's first female prime minister and deliver an exhilarating performance that will be remembered for generations.

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.

Julia is an extraordinary new play that 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 we've yet to face.

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1 hr 30 mins
Strong language

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By Joanna Murray-Smith
Directed by Sarah Goodes


Justine Clarke

Sydney Opera House

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Thu, 5th September to Sat, 12th October '24 $110 to $140

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