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16 May, 2018 - 27 May, 2018

fortyfivedownstairs presents


16 – 27 May 2018

‘…the perfect vehicle for this powerful and experienced female performer to shine…’ Theatre Press
★★★★1/2 ‘… Jillian Murray’s depiction of de Beauvoir is superlative‘ Theatre People
★★★★ ArtsHub
‘Murray’s delicate but forceful presence creates a sort of spirit photograph of her subject in later life.’ The Age


16 – 27 May 2018

preview: Wednesday 16 May
opening night: Thursday 17 May
duration: 70 minutes
Tuesday to Saturday 7.30pm
Sunday 5pm
ticket price: $30 – $40
03 9662 9966

Simone de Beauvoir was a ground breaking French feminist who caused seismic shifts in attitude and inspired a whole generation of women to strive for personal freedom and fulfillment. DE STROYED celebrates De Beauvoir’s singular brilliance and explodes the tensions and pressure points created by leading a daring and unconventional life.

Using only De Beauvoir’s words it scrutinizes with searing intelligence, humour and pathos what it means to love, the nature of romance, and our common fate. It opens the window on a view of where Feminism began and questions by implication how far have we really come?


Created by Jillian Murray (Green room award winner L’amante anglaise) and acclaimed director Suzanne Chaundy in collaboration with Zoe Scoglio, video artist and composer Christopher de Groot.

Simone de Beauvoir – Writer
Simone de Beauvoir  (1908-19860) was a French writer and philosopher who laid the foundation for the modern women’s movement. In 1949 she published The Second Sex, a powerful analysis of the Western notion of women and a groundbreaking exploration of otherness. Its publication provoked outrage and fury, and inspired a whole generation of women to strive towards personal freedom and fulfillment.  She wrote novels, essays, biographies, autobiographies, about philosophy, politics and social issues. She was also known for her life long relationship with French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre.

Jillian Murray – Performer & Co Creator
Jillian has worked extensively in theatre, and television in  both Australia and the United Kingdom. She trained at East 15 Drama School (London) after completing studies at Monash and Melbourne Universities and has worked with Lyric Theatre (London), Melbourne Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company, West Australian Theatre Company, Anthill, Playbox, Red Stitch, La Mama and at the Perth, Sydney and Adelaide Festivals  In 2016 she received the Green Room Award for Best Actor (L’amante anglaise), and has been nominated in this year’s awards for her performance in the 2017 production of The Chairs.

Suzanne Chaundy – Director & Co Creator
Suzanne‘s 30 year directing career has spanned opera, text based theatre and outdoor spectacle. She has directed for many Australian theatre companies including La Mama, Anthill, STC, MTC and Red Stitch Actors Theatre. Notable recent productions include The Chapel Perilous, The Maids, Beyond The Neck and most recently, In Between Two for the 2017 Melbourne Festival. Known primarily as an opera director, Suzanne’s opera direction credits include productions for the West Australian Opera, Opera Australia, the Victoria State Opera and Melbourne Opera. Her productions have been performed in over 300 international festivals and events in more than 40 different countries. Her most recent production was Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde at the Palais Theatre.

Zoe Scoglio – Video Artist
Zoe is an artist working at the intersection of video, sound, performance, installation and participatory engagement. Graduating with a Bachelor of Media Arts (Hons) at RMIT University in 2008, Zoe has since worked nationally and internationally on solo and collaborative projects, and as a video designer and videographer for dance, music, theatre and opera.

Christopher de Groot – Composer
Christopher is a composer, pianist, improviser, sound designer and film/theatre composer. He studied extensively at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts where he obtained a Masters degree in composition. His current project is an opera based on the 20-hour video diary of Björk stalker Ricardo Lopez. He has been nominated for a Green Room Award twice, winning in 2016 for his work on theatre show Dream Home.


Ticket Prices:

Preview: $30,
Concession: $35,
Group 6+: $35


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16 May, 2018
27 May, 2018
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