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A Room of One's Own

Theatre, Drama Belvoir St Theatre , Surry Hills Thursday May 6 2021 - Sunday May 23 2021
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Anita Hegh in dark smocks in Belvoir's A Room of One's Own
Photograph: Supplied/Daniel Boud

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Belvoir brings back the wise words of Virginia Woolf for an encore of this rally call for true equality

Ushering in the return of Belvoir after months of lockdown in 2020, Carissa Licciardello and Tom Wright delivered an empowering adaption of Virginia Woolf’s 1929 essay A Room of One’s Own in which the author asserted: “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction."

Originating life as a lecture to students, the resulting essay was spun into a book, and fired up a movement. Outstanding Helpmann Award-winning Anita Hegh (Twelfth Night, Harp in the South), brought Woolf’s passion and poetry to dramatic life, with a little help from Ella Prince (Family ValuesA Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing). They reprise their roles for the 2021 run, from May 6-23.

Time Out reviewer Divya Venkataraman, reviewing the show’s 2019 debut, said, “Licciardello’s adaptation of the work stays loyal to its inspiration, lifting the essay’s most famed phrases and delivering them straight from the mouth of Hegh. It doesn’t try to modernise Woolf’s points – it delivers them as they are… The calculated formlessness of Woolf’s essay is its great triumph, a quality that Licciardello’s direction carefully evokes.”

The powerful work underlines how much work remains to be done to achieve true gender parity today, feeling as pertinent as ever, sadly. “A teacher once told me work by and about women is usually only small and domestic, never bold or formally radical,” Licciardello says. “He’d obviously never read this.”

Belvoir artistic director Eamon Flack is overjoyed to bring it back to meet an insatiable demand. “It sold out almost before it opened. There were 1000 people on the waitlist within a day, and we had to close it. When capacity went up and we released more tickets, they went instantly as well. So it’s clear that there’s a hunger for the work. Anita’s performance is damn good.”

What's next? Read the first half of Belvoir's 2021 season here

By: Stephen A Russell

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Venue name: Belvoir St Theatre
Address: 25 Belvoir St
Surry Hills
Sydney
2010
Price: $33-$89

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