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The Year of Magical Thinking

31 October, 2019 - 17 November, 2019

fortyfivedownstairs presents

The Year of Magical Thinking

by Joan Didion

31 October – 17 November 2019

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★★★★ ‘…a superb performance – poised, vulnerable, intelligent and full of the subtlest ironies…hushed and intimate, solemn and utterly engrossing.’ Herald Sun

★★★★1/2 ‘Jillian Murray inhabits Joan Didion with absolute conviction…it is as grand as theatre can be.’ ArtsHub

‘There is care and craft in abundance and it was a privilege to watch.’ Australian Arts Review


31 October – 17 November 2019

preview: Thursday 31 October
opening night: Saturday 2 November
duration: 85 minutes (without an interval)
Tuesday to Saturday 7:30pm
Sunday 5pm
ticket price: $40 – $45
bookings: 03 9662 9966

please note: latecomers will not be admitted into the theatre

‘This happened on December 30, 2003. That may seem a while ago but it won’t when it happens to you. And it will happen to you… that’s what I’m here to tell you.’

Following the continuing success of L’amante anglaise, Green Room Award winners Jillian Murray and Laurence Strangio re-join forces to present Joan Didion’s remarkable memoir, The Year of Magical Thinking – a highly personal account of loss through the lens of hope.

Adapted by Didion from her award-winning memoir, The Year of Magical Thinking unpacks a surreal and overwhelming time in her life, as she faces the loss of her husband John, and a year later, her daughter Quintana. It’s a play about language, the tension between what is said and what is not said.

‘This is yet another fine – and, if you like, ‘magical’ – performance from Jillian Murray’ Stage Whispers


The Year of Magical Thinking is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., and Concord Theatricals Company


Performer: Jillian Murray

Director: Laurence Strangio

Lighting Design: Andy Turner

Sound Design: Darius Kedros

Sound Design Intern: Emmanuel Cundasamy

Wardrobe: Sophie Knox

Photography: Jodie Hutchinson

Publicity: Cameron Lukey

Collateral Design: Daniel Lammin

Please download a copy of The Year of Magical Thinking program here.

fortyfivedownstairs is going paperless! Please note that we will not be printing a hard copy version of the program.

Ticket Prices:

Preview: $35
Concession: $40
Group 6+: $42


Pensioners/Full-time students/MEAA members




31 October, 2019
17 November, 2019
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