‘Another poignant and powerful collaboration by the winning team of Cornelius and Dee and should not be missed.’
‘A new classic.’
‘You couldn't ask for a better performance from [Maude] Davey.’
‘Superbly written, directed and performed.’
ABOUT THE SHOW
A universal tale of the Australian spirit set against the backdrop of 1950s to 70s suburban Melbourne, My Sister Jill is a powerful coming-of-age story from one of the country’s most dynamic theatre collaborations, Patricia Cornelius and Susie Dee.
The youngest in the family, Christine idolises her father, especially his stories of wartime heroics. Her sister Jill, meanwhile, doesn’t quite share the same sentiments. As the intensity of the Vietnam War looms, the stories slowly start to lose their shine and war threatens to break a new generation apart.
A moving family drama adapted from her own novel for the stage, My Sister Jill sees one of Australia’s most revered writers Patricia Cornelius working with her long-time collaborator Susie Dee. Forged over nearly 40 years, their fearless artistic partnership has redefined Australian theatre and been celebrated worldwide – in 2019 they became the first Australians to be programmed in the Venice Biennale’s theatre program.
At once compelling, captivating and ultimately hopeful, My Sister Jill has all the makings of an Australian classic. Bringing this new story to the stage is Ian Bliss (Jasper Jones), Maude Davey (The Heartbreak Choir), Lucy Goleby (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), Benjamin Nichol (Sirens), James O'Connell (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), Zachary Pidd (School Of Rock The Musical) and Angourie Rice (Mare of Easttown).
Telling Our Stories: Free In-Conversation Event
Join us for a conversation with Patricia Cornelius and Declan Furber Gillick about Australian playwriting today.
Commissioned and developed through Melbourne Theatre Company’s NEXT STAGE Writers’ Program with the support of our Current and Inaugural Playwrights Giving Circles.
Current Playwrights Giving Circle
Paul and Wendy Bonnici & Family, Tony and Janine Burgess, Kathleen Canfell, Fitzpatrick Sykes Family Foundation, Jane Hansen AO and Paul Little AO, Larry Kamener and Petra Kamener, The Margaret Lawrence Bequest, Helen Nicolay, Tania Seary and Chris Lynch, Craig Semple, Dr Richard Simmie
Inaugural Playwrights Giving Circle
Louise Myer and Martyn Myer AO, Maureen Wheeler AO and Tony Wheeler AO, Christine Brown Bequest, Allan Myers AC KC and Maria Myers AC, Tony Burgess and Janine Burgess, Dr Andrew McAliece and Dr Richard Simmie, Larry Kamener and Petra Kamener
|Performance Type||Performance Date(s)|
by Vision Australia
|Saturday 14 October at 2pm
Tuesday 17 October at 6.30pm
by Vision Australia
|Saturday 14 October, 2pm (Tactile tour commences at 1pm)|
|Saturday 21 October at 2pm|
by Auslan Stage Left
|Tuesday 24 October at 6.30pm|
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Set & Costume Designer
Composer & Sound Designer
Voice & Text Coach
Reflecting on My Sister Jill
Director Susie Dee and 2023 MinterEllison Future Director Kitan Petkovski take a moment to discuss their experience working together on My Sister Jill.
My Sister Jill trailer
Watch the video trailer for My Sister Jill ahead of seeing the production live on stage.
Meet Assistant Director Kitan Petkovski
Kitan Petkovski – one of our 2023 MinterEllison Future Directors – explains why assistant directing on My Sister Jill has been a dream job, and the insights he's gained working with director Susie Dee.
Ready to roll in My Sister Jill
Learn how our talented team prepared an original FX Holden from 1953 for the stage.
Meet the My Sister Jill team
Hear writer Patricia Cornelius and director Susie Dee discuss their enduring artistic partnership, and learn what drew cast members Ian Bliss, Maude Davey, Lucy Goleby and Angourie Rice to this universal tale of the Australian spirit.
My Sister Jill programme
Discover more about the enduring artistic partnership between the writer and director of this new Australian work and meet the talented cast and crew in our immersive digital programme.
Behind the scenes of My Sister Jill
Find out what the writer, director and cast of this new Australian work love about rehearsals, and what makes the collaborative environment so special.
First Look | My Sister Jill
Get your first look at stars Angourie Rice and Lucy Goleby in our new Australian story, My Sister Jill.
My Sister Jill in rehearsals
Take a sneak peek into the My Sister Jill rehearsal room.
Learn more about the key moments and circumstances the characters in My Sister Jill were living through in post-World War II Australia.