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"...a down-to-earth piece that deserves the widest possible audience
... a remarkable and vivid portrait"
- Chris Boyd Arts Review of THE FENCE
"a remarkably confident work"
- Theatre First review of THE FENCE
"a compelling production... [Louisa] Mignone is phenomenal"
- My Melbourne Arts review of THE FENCE
What do you do when you can’t look away?
In the quiet streets of an ordinary suburb, the fence between two neighbouring houses comes down. Where once there was a clear separation between you and the couple next door, now there’s only a dirt line and human decency keeping prying eyes out of each other’s backyards.
Except you’ve noticed they have a new baby and that she keeps locking herself out. And then there are the sounds late at night that have become impossible not to hear. Should you say something, do something? But is it what you think it is? And is it really your place to get involved?
Shortlisted for the 2022 Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award, The Fence is a scintillating solo work about privacy, bravery, and testimony by acclaimed playwright Fleur Murphy (Nothing, Hearth). Performed by Louisa Mignone (Anna K, Wentworth, The Twelve), this gripping new play will lead you through the streets we know, shining a light on the violence found in our own backyards.
9 - 20 August, 2023
Nothcote Town Hall
Show warnings: this production contains references to and descriptions of domestic violence.
Preview performance: Wednesday 9 August, 7.30pm
Opening night performance: Thursday 10 August, 7.30pm
Post-show talk: Wednesday 16 August, 7.30pm
Written by: Fleur Murphy
Directed by: Alice Darling
Performed by: Louisa Mignone
Understudy: Veronica Thomas
Set & Costume Design: Karine Larché
Sound Design: Sidney Millar
Lighting Design: Clare Springett
Assistant Director: Fiona Scott-Norman
Production Manager/Stage Manager: Naavikaran
Production Intern: Molly England
Family Violence & Abuse Consultant: Sheridon Byrne
Producer: Fiona Stafford
Creative Producer: Tom Royce-Hampton
Image by: Gregory Lorenzutti
Images by Cameron Grant