Gillard’s well-known speech steps into a brand new stage

Justine Clarke as Julia. Picture: Rene Vaile and Samuel Cooper.

FORMER Prime Minister Julia Gillard is legendary for treading the stage of nationwide politics and now she’s about to turn into the central character in a brand new play premiering in Canberra subsequent yr.

“Julia”, by Joanna Murray-Smith, can be co-presented by Canberra Theatre Centre and Sydney Theatre Firm and options Justine Clarke as Gillard in a manufacturing directed by Sarah Goodes.

The play, Canberra Theatre employees enthuse, “premieres within the nation’s capital lower than three kilometres from Parliament Home the place the well-known Misogyny Speech occurred 10 years in the past.”

For these not within the know, in 2012 Julia Gillard, Australia’s first feminine Prime Minister, gave a speech that despatched shockwaves world wide in response to accusations by Opposition Chief Tony Abbott.

Murray-Smith, says: “A lot has been written about Julia Gillard and her Misogyny Speech, however I used to be fascinated by the untold story – who was the Julia Gillard able to a lot ardour and the place did the fad come from that led to that globally sensational second?”

For his half, director of Canberra Theatre Centre, Alex Budd, says: “Murray-Smith’s acerbic wit and dramatic creativeness combines seamlessly with Hansard to create an exhilarating play that weaves a interval of our nationwide capital’s historical past and artwork collectively.”

Karen Jacobsen sings the Misogyny speech.

Gillard has lengthy attracted the eye of composers with Rob Davidson’s “Not now. Not ever!” a daily merchandise on the competition circuit.

Now, in the same initiative, singer-songwriter Karen Jacobsen, the voice of Siri, has been  so impressed by the message of equality within the speech that she composed “Higher Commonplace Than This”, a longform pop orchestral work setting these phrases – phrase for phrase – to music, with permission. It’s a part of a full work, the “Misogyny Opus” to be launch in February and will be seen right here

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“Julia”, The Playhouse, March 18-25. Bookings open on October 13.


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Ian Meikle, editor