Joanna Murray-Smith – 'writing has saved my life' | Stage | The GuardianShe apologises for the mess, but the apology is unnecessary. Upstairs, her house guest, the British film actress Caroline Goodall, is working out on a Pilates machine. That Melbourne arty set — when they really want to turn it on — do a very good job. As does Murray-Smith. But as we sit down to talk a fortnight before its opening, Murray-Smith is in reflective mood. And no wonder. By any standards, Murray-Smith is a prolific playwright, with more than 20 plays to her name, the most popular of which, Honour, has been performed in more than 30 languages.
Monologue - Sophie from 'Honour' by Joanna Murray-Smith
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An unsettling play about infidelity seen from the perspective of the three women involved: the wife, the lover and the daughter. George and Honor have been happily married for thirty-two years. She is a successful writer, he is a revered columnist. They have a perfect understanding of each other. Until a pushy young female journalist - on an assignment to 'profile' George - quite deliberately seeks to undermine that understanding. The fallout is dreadful - but beautifully and convincingly portrayed in all its painful consequences. And there are some excellent comic touches
Joanna Murray-Smith's play Honour was first performed at the Playbox Theatre, Melbourne, Australia, in November It received its UK.
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Joanna Murray-Smith born 17 April is a Melbourne based Australian playwright, screenwriter, novelist, librettist and newspaper columnist. Many of Murray-Smith's plays have been performed around the world. Honour has been produced in more than three dozen countries, including productions on Broadway and at the Royal National Theatre in London. A Broadway production, originally planned for with Annette Bening was postponed. In its depiction of women as variously pompous, deluded, self-obsessed, hypocritical, sexually obsequious or just plain crazy, it comes closer to being antifemale. Murray-Smith made her directorial debut when Queensland Theatre produced her comedy L'Appartement. The plays and novels of Murray-Smith have been translated and performed widely around the world.