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L’amante anglaise by Marguerite Duras

7 February, 2017 - 19 February, 2017

L’amante anglaise by Marguerite Duras

fortyfivedownstairs & La Mama presents

L’amante anglaise by Marguerite Duras

7 – 19 February 2017

four-stars ‘…quietly virtuosic performances.’  The Music


7 – 19 February 2017

preview: Tuesday 7 February
opening night:
Wednesday 8 February
100 minutes
Tuesday to Saturday 7.30pm
Sunday 5pm
ticket price:
$28 – $38

A brutal murder is committed in a small town in France. The dismembered corpse is dropped from a railway viaduct onto passing trains below… All except the head.

Based upon a true event, L’amante anglaise is a beautifully poignant and emotionally powerful portrait of lost passion and an extraordinary inner life.

Performed by Rob Meldrum and Jillian Murray (2015 Green Room winner – Best Female Performer, Independent Theatre), and directed by Laurence Strangio.


an engrossing theatrical experience with assured acting and direction. Duras should be delighted.’    Herald Sun

‘Both actors are utterly assured in this absorbing, perversely humorous, and impressively still production.’ four-stars Australian Book Review

Rob Meldrum has worked in theatre for 40 years as an actor, director and teacher. He was a member of the APG collective at the Pram Factory, Carlton and went on to work as a freelance actor with major theatre companies, including MTC, STC, Playbox, the SATC and Bell Shakespeare where he was an ensemble member for three years.

Jillian Murray trained at East 15 Drama School (London) after completing studies at Monash and Melbourne University.
She has worked for the following theatre companies:  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. She has been nominated for the Green Room award of Best Actor – for her 2008 performance of Ranyevskia in Cherry Orchard and in 1991 for the Playbox production of Nice Girls. She received the 2015 the Green room award of Best Actor in the 2015 La Mama production of L’Amante anglaise by Marguerite Duras.

Laurence Strangio is an independent director, dramaturg, theatre-maker and educator. His practice includes text-based and devised work produced locally, interstate and overseas and with companies including ASTRA, La Mama, Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne Festival, Playbox, Red Stitch and Castlemaine State Festival. He is currently completing a Masters in Direction (by research) at the Victorian College of the Arts. Laurence has been a member of the Green Room Association since 2003, serving on the Independent Theatre, Theatre: Companies and Alternative and Hybrid Performance panels. He received an Award for Outstanding Direction for his 2000 production of Portrait of [Dora].

Ticket Prices:

Preview: $28,
Concession: $32,
Group 6+: $32



Pensioners/Full-time students/MEAA members


7 February, 2017
19 February, 2017
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