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Bombshells
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Bombshells

Joanna Murray-Smith
 
Six monologues made famous by the diva Caroline O'Connor, exposing six women balancing their inner and outer lives with humour and often desperate cunning. They range in age from a feisty teenager to a 64-year-old widow yearning for the unexpected.

   

Cast : 6F (played by 1 woman)
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-751-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Gift, The
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Gift, The

Joanna Murray-Smith
 

Sadie and Ed meet Martin and Chloë at a holiday resort and instantly hit it off, despite coming from completely different worlds. When Martin saves Ed’s life, everyone knows the debt can never be properly repaid. But Ed is rich and Chloë and Martin have a need so great it seems divine providence when Ed, wanting to show his gratitude, gives the young couple a year to decide on an appropriate gift. Yet when the year is up, surely Chloë and Martin’s wish is something no-one could possibly grant?

Wrapped in Joanna Murray-Smith’s glinting dialogue, The Gift is a witty examination of our modern moral confusions.


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Fresh imagination, shimmering wit and emotional honesty - Time Out

Cast : 2F, 3M
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-915-3 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Honour
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Honour

Joanna Murray-Smith
 
What happens when everything you have used to define yourself—every quality, role and affiliation—suddenly abandon you? What happens when a mature, intelligent, responsible and loving woman finds her life disappearing?


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Cast : 1M, 3F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-782-1 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Love Child
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Love Child

Joanna Murray-Smith
 
A reconciliation between a mother and the daughter she gave away at birth. Anna defines herself through her political conscience and she believes she has come to terms with her history until a young woman arrives at her door.

Cast : 2F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-546-9 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Nightfall
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Nightfall

Joanna Murray-Smith
 
It’s twilight, and a mother and father wait for the promised return of their daughter who vanished ten years earlier. A stranger arrives at their doorstep, warning them that their daughter will only return on certain, agonising terms.


Cast : 2F, 1M
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-919-1 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Ninety
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Ninety

Joanna Murray-Smith
 
It is no use, but William gives Isobel ninety minutes anyway. They were once married, but something happened. Something broke deep down in the mechanism of their lives together and, seeing no way to repair it, they threw it away.
   
But perhaps they were too hasty. Perhaps there was something they could have done. Isabel just wants ninety minutes. Soon William will be married again, so ninety is all she has to make her case. Ninety to remember what they had. Ninety to regain what was lost. Just ninety to rediscover love or call it a day, forever.

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Cast : 1M, 1F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-851-4 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Rapture
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Rapture

Joanna Murray-Smith
 
A vivid, timely new play that shines a revealing light on Australia’s unsettled soul. The play is set among intelligent and educated people whose cynicism appears to answer all questions and who navigate uncertainty with ease. What could possibly shock or unsettle them? The answer is: faith. When two of their number claim to have found God, the consequences are profound. Ethics and certainties are tested on a battleground of inexplicable belief. Long-term friendships are pushed to the limit as the faithless wrestle with the affront of moral judgement.


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Cast : 3M, 3F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-679-4 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Rockabye
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Rockabye

Joanna Murray-Smith
 
Sidney can feel her career slipping down the plughole. No one loves a pop star when she’s forty – not if she isn’t Madonna or Kylie. So unless she wants to join the ranks of the has-beens on the casino circuit, she better get herself a hit. But what if she regains the whole world and still feels that something’s missing?

Baby hunger. Returning to the feisty mood of her hit The Female of the Species, Joanna Murray-Smith in Rockabye gives our self-involved, celebrity-obsessed culture a satirical duff-up.


   Awards
  • 2010 QLD Premier's Literary Awards - Drama Script Award (shortlist)
Cast : 4M, 4F (doubling possible)
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-860-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Songs For Nobodies
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Songs For Nobodies

Joanna Murray-Smith
 
‘In this country, people are always talkin’ about dreams. You can be your dream. You can have your dream. You can live the dream. But that’s just a clever way of gettin’ people to shut up and stop complainin’.

When a great singer lets her voice float out over the anonymous crowd, or form the grooves of thousands of records, or flow through radios into millions of homes across the world, she makes countless unknown connections with people. The singer has her story and the listener hers, and should those stories touch each other, there can be magic. 

 

     Awards
  • 2012 Helpmann Awards - Best New Australian Work (shortlist)
  • 2011 WA Premier's Award (shortlist)
Cast : 5F (played by one actor)
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-893-4 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Stories of Love and Deception
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Stories of Love and Deception

Day One, A Hotel, Evening / True Minds / Fury

Joanna Murray-Smith
 

Stories of Love and Deception  is a keenly engaging discussion of our most dearly-held values and their ramifications. Ludicrous and incisive, this collection invites us to confront those questions of morality most threatening to life as we know it.


Day One, A Hotel, Evening

Graciously irreverent, this play explores the revelations of three couples entangled in a web of extra-marital indiscretions. It asks us, ‘What is love?’ in a glaringly honest, deeply searching and ultimately sobering way.

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True Minds

An irresistible portrait of courage and inner conviction,  True Minds is cogent and facetious. When two families on the brink of matrimonial union become stranded in a freak storm, will the couple’s dawning incompatibility coax them to fight for integrity as the only reliably stable choice?

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Fury

After the news of their 19 year-old son's hate crime on a local mosque, Alice, an award-winning, cancer-curing scientist, and husband Patrick, a novelist,are forced into a whirlwind of self-examination and stripping back of decades-old secrets. In the harrowing unfolding of hypocrisies and brash pragmatism, Fury hones in on our true motivations and their lasting consequences.

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Cast : Day One, A Hotel, Evening: 3M, 3F / True Minds: 3M, 3F / Fury: 4M, 3F
Currency Press | 978-1-92500-530-1 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Switzerland
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Switzerland

Joanna Murray-Smith
 

Love is what interests me. It’s just that love is indivisible from murder.

It’s 1995 in the Swiss Alps and the ailing reclusive crime writer Patricia Highsmith is visited by a genial young man from her New York publisher, sent to convince her to write the final instalment of her best-selling Mr Ripley series. What first appears to be a standard cat-and-mouse game of wit and wiles, soon becomes a dance to the death. Who is the cat and who is the mouse? And… who will make it out of Switzerland alive?

A chilling and sometimes hilarious two-hander, with Murray-Smith’s signature lucid-lettered prose.

‘A gripping psychological thriller. Creeps up on you and then has you on the edge of your seat.’ Sunday Telegraph

‘Joanna Murray-Smith demonstrates a Stoppardian gift for pithily combining intelligence, wit and pathos.’ Independent

‘The quality of [Murray-Smith’s] work transcends national boundaries in its acute exploration of the psychological states that determine social outcomes.’ Age


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Cast : 1F, 1M
Currency Press | 978-1-92500-556-1 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB
The Female of the Species
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The Female of the Species

Joanna Murray-Smith
 
Thirty years ago Margot Mason, pioneer of the 1970s Women’s Liberation movement and fearless academic, wrote her groundbreaking 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 latest 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 in Essex in 2000.

 
Cast : 3M, 3F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-825-5 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB