by Joanna Murray-Smith
Friday, Saturday, Sunday 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 May 2015
After 32 years of marriage, George and Honour have achieved it all; the successful marriage, the family, the house, the garden. They’re a golden couple and what’s more, they’re still desperately in love.
Honour – beautiful, intelligent and a promising writer in her youth – has been fulfilled by a life spent caring for her family and supporting George while he carved out a brilliant career in academia. Together the couple have weathered hard times, their lives becoming inextricably intertwined.
However, Honour is to learn of the appalling fragility of love when George, enchanted by a stunning, young journalist, abandons both his wife and his marriage.
The tale is a familiar one – it’s Nero and Poppea, Clinton and Lewinski – yet Joanna Murray-Smith’s fiercely intelligent play imbues it with freshness and insight. With extraordinary wit and great compassion, she questions the very nature of love: does it inevitably erode over time? Can it endure the terrible dichotomy between passion and perseverance?
Warning: Occasional strong language
From the Director, Penny Irving …
I am excited to have been asked to direct Joanna Murray-smith’s play “Honour” for the Mullumbimby Drill Hall Theatre.
Honour’s tale of an elder man leaving his wife for a younger woman is a well-worn theme, however, the four characters in the play all have their own perspective on love, family and marriage. The play is also a lament to the passing of youth, a weighing up of the enthusiasm and the joys of the young, against the gentle satisfaction of middle age. Joanna Murray-Smith does domestic drama well. The plays sadness is brightened by humour, intelligence and wit.
The cleverness of the play is what is left unsaid, the unfinished sentences between Honor and George who both have made words their life’s occupation.
I am thrilled to part of the Drill Hall Theatre and to work with such talented actors.
and some background …
Penelope Irving was born in Melbourne and in her youth joined St Martins Youth Theatre where she learnt all about theatre making and attending many Theatre workshops.
Penelope also attended the Theatre prac workshops at Central Queensland University.
Penelope has performed in:
- The Capricorn Players production of Godspell, Cabaret, King O’Malley. Remains of The Day
- Baz Lurmann’s Crocodile Creek.
- Back Yard Theatre productions as a performer and director
- “Urban Nomad” for Rockhampton Community Theatre.
- “Lament for Living” for Noosa Arts (winning play)
- “Sophia” for RocPak and Central Queensland University (winning play)
- “The Kiss” Performed at the Philbeam Theatre, Rockhampton.
Has obtained Sponsorships from and Grants for:
- Greening Australia to direct “The Dance For the Conservation of The Trees”
- Amnesty International to direct a mono drama “Examples”
Penelope’s work has included involvement in the Gender Equity program for disadvantaged schools, using drama as a tool. Her skills have also been engaged by Rockhampton TAFE for a semester directing performances with the Hospitality students.
Employed by the Queensland Department of Education as Artist in Residence in drama to the coastal primary schools on the Capricorn Coast.
Central Queensland University – worked in the Creative Arts Programme which was developed as a collaborative project between the Faculty of Health science and the Rockhampton Mental Health Services to facilitate module related to drama.
Collaborated with Monash University and Central Queensland University performing Arts Programme on the production Of “Know Bull”
Penelope took a group of actors with disabilities to perform at Tattersalls in Brisbane as part of the state celebrations which recognised Disability Week.
Penelope was employed by Rockhampton Regional council and Yeppoon High school to facilitate theatre workshops and performances with “Kids at Risk” after school hours.
Penelope ran drama workshops for primary school children and adults at the Walter Reed Centre in Rockhampton.
Founded the Open Hand Theatre which was sponsored by The Strand Hotel In Yeppoon.
Devised and directed the opening for the “Village Arts Festival”
Worked with her husband at the WoodFord Folk Festival running workshops for seven years.
The above is just some of the stuff I have done over many years.
A Review from Maurice Morrisey