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It is no use, but William gives Isobel ninety minutes anyway. They were once married, but something happened. Something broke deep down in the mechanism of their lives together and, seeing no way to repair it, they threw it away.

But perhaps they were too hasty. Perhaps there was something they could have done. Isabel just wants ninety minutes. Soon William will be married again, so ninety is all she has to make her case. Ninety to remember what they had. Ninety to regain what was lost. Just ninety to rediscover love or call it a day, forever.

Photography: Earl Carter and Jeff Busby

Artwork for Kim Gyngell

Kim Gyngell

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Melinda Butel

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Simon Philips

Naomi Edwards

Naomi Edwards

Naomi Edwards is a theatre and opera director and arts educator. For MTC, she was Assistant Director on In the Next Room, or the vibrator play (also STC) August: Osage County, Poor Boy (also STC), Ninety (also QTC), and Don’s Party (also STC). Her directing credits include The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show (Sydney Festival); Hamlet, Actor on a Box: The Red and White Spotted Handkerchief, The Loaded Dog, Aesop’s Fables, and Tragedy Workshop (for STC Education); How to Kill Your Husband and Noye’s Fludde (Victorian Opera); The Season at Sarsaparilla, Traps, and Who’s Afraid of the Working Class (VCA); The Sound of Waves (fortyfive downstairs); Cautionary Tales for Children (Arena), Oedipus DNA (Monash University); Big Sky Town (St Martin’s); and Il re pastore (Lyric Opera of Melbourne). She was Assistant Director on Carmen, Don Pasquale, Rigoletto, and Lakme for Opera Australia and the director of Opera Australia’s touring and outreach productions of Hansel and Gretel, The Magic Flute, Cinderella, and The Barber of Seville. Her other directing credits include Actors at Work for Bell Shakespeare, and Wishes More Wishes for the ARC research project Vocal Empowerment for Young People with Cochlear Implants. Her work in the UK, includes Plasticine for Birmingham School of Acting, Far from the Madding Crowd and Saving Anne for Musical Futures at the Greenwich Theatre, and The Agoraphobics Clinic at RADA. She has also worked as a Teaching Artist at MTC’s Summer School, the World Interplay Playwriting Conference, NIDA, VCA, St Martin’s, STC, and Opera Australia. Naomi has recently been appointed Artistic Director of Patch Theatre in Adelaide.

Nick Schlieper

Nick Schlieper

Artwork for Andrew Bellchambers

Andrew Bellchambers

Artwork for Essie Davis

Essie Davis