New Season – Two perfromances only
“Life changes fast.
Life changes in the instant.
You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends.”
An intimate, powerful and deeply personal story, The Year of Magical Thinking is a journey from the comfort and contentment of life into the surreal and dark world of grief, and beyond. Joan Didion’s celebrated memoir is brought to life by Green Room Award-winning actor Jillian Murray in a critically-acclaimed solo performance that reunites her with director Laurence Strangio (L’amante Anglaise national tour 2019).
It is a play about language, about the tension between what is said and what isn’t, with no emotional manipulation and no artifice. Deeply moving, sometimes funny, and ultimately joyful, this is one woman’s story of the journey to find acceptance, and the lessons learnt in letting go.
“The audience is mesmerised, holding on to every word, gesture, with eyes following her movements, taking in what’s been so eloquently said” Theatre People
“We felt like privileged listeners, given access to an extraordinarily insightful confrontation with the way in which grief loosens our grasp on reason” ArtsHub
“Thrilling and engaging – universal, profound… and uplifting’ New York Times
Written by Joan Didion
Performed by Jillian Murray
VENUE: The Q
Running Time: 85 minutes
Lock Out: yes
Audience Advice: suitable for 15+ years