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Julia

By Joanna Murray-Smith

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A rich, revealing portrait of a famously private figure.

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Julia is a rich, revealing portrait of a famously private figure. From her youth as an optimistic advocate for change through to the cruel and punishing attacks she withstood as she grew in power.

Written with impeccable insight by the legendary Joanna Murray-Smith, Julia represents much more than the individual who became Australia’s first female prime minister. It’s a portrait of us, right now.


Joanna Murray-Smith is an award-winning playwright and novelist. Her work has been translated in over two dozen languages and been produced all over the world, including on the West End, Broadway and at the Royal National Theatre in London. Melbourne Theatre Company has produced many of her plays including BerlinSwitzerlandThree Little WordsTrue MindsPennsylvania AvenueSongs for NobodiesThe GiftRockabyeThe Female of the SpeciesNinetyBombshells, and Honour. Other plays include Dark River for the National Theatre of Portugal, L’Apartement, American SongDay One – A Hotel – EveningFuryRaptureNightfallRedemptionFlameLove ChildAtlanta and Angry Young Penguins. She has also adapted Hedda Gabler (State Theatre Company South Australia); Ingmar Bergman’s Scenes from a Marriage for Sir Trevor Nunn (Coventry/London); A Doll’s House and Uncle Vanya (Ensemble Theatre).