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State Theatre Company South Australia in association with the University of Adelaide presents a Sydney Theatre Company and Canberra Theatre Centre Production

Julia

By Joanna Murray-Smith
Theatre
Dunstan Playhouse
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17 shows

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In 2012, Australia’s first female Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, gave a speech that sent shockwaves around the world.

Just over a decade later, one of Australia’s most esteemed and globally-produced playwrights, Joanna Murray-Smith, brings the human story behind that speech to the stage.

Justine Clarke, whose triumphant turn in Girls & Boys around the country cemented her position as a dramatic powerhouse, takes on the role of a lifetime embodying the life and career that led to the famous ‘misogyny speech’. Directed by Helpmann Award-winner Sarah Goodes, Julia was a sold-out success when it premiered in Canberra and Sydney in 2023, dazzling audiences with a profound, wry and intoxicating exploration of gender, privilege and power.

This is both an intimate and compelling insight into the person behind the public mask and a reflection on the experience of women in contemporary politics. Combining genuine excerpts from Gillard’s speech with Murray-Smith’s incredible dramatic imagination, this play is a thrilling coming together of history and art.

As women around the world continue to fight for human rights, representation and against oppression, Julia is an empowering reminder of where we’ve come from and the challenges that lie ahead, seen through the prism of Julia Gillard’s childhood, education in Adelaide and her journey into and through the battlefield of Australian politics.

Justine Clarke brilliantly becomes Julia Gillard in this heroic performance

— The Sydney Morning Herald

A highly humanising and proud portrait of Gillard through the years, from young girl to federal helmswoman… Julia shines a light on a significant historical moment.

— Limelight

Justine Clarke is electrifying…[Sarah] Goodes shapes the piece with insight and care

— The Guardian

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Performance Location: Dunstan Playhouse

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By foot

From North Terrace, walk to Dunstan Playhouse via the laneway between the Intercontinental Hotel and Adelaide Railway Station. Or, cross the Riverbank Footbridge at Adelaide Oval, heading south. From King William Road, walk along the Walk of Fame to the Riverbank Footbridge.

By bike

The best routes for reaching Adelaide Festival Centre by bicycle include the Torrens Linear Park and cycle paths along all major arterial roads.

By car

A drop off area with two disability access parking spaces is available via Festival Drive. An accessible drop off for visitors with disability is available 45 minutes before performances at the Dunstan Playhouse and Space Theatre. Driving west on Festival Drive, pass the Festival Plaza car park entrance and stay left, driving through the EOS Hotel visitor drop off loop to arrive at the Adelaide Festival Centre access drop off.

The nearest car park is located behind Adelaide Convention Centre on Festival Drive - next to the Riverbank Footbridge. The eastern lift will take you to the promenade level where it's a short walk to the theatre entrance and Walk of Fame. 

Visit the Adelaide Convention Centre website for more information. 

By public transport

Accessible by many forms of public transport. Including trains, buses, the tram (stop at Railway Station) and a free bus service that operates on a loop throughout the city and North Adelaide with stops on the corner of King William Road and North Terrace.

Accessible Seating

Boxes 1 and 4 plus selected seats in row L have removable seats to accommodate patrons who wish to remain seated in their wheelchair or transfer to a theatre seat.

Toilets

Accessible toilets are available at all Adelaide Festival Centre venues.

Assistance Animals

Every theatre and event/function area of Adelaide Festival Centre is assistance animal friendly. 

Audio Assistance

Festival Theatre and Dunstan Playhouse have hearing loop facilities, limited to particular seats in the venues.

Audience members who require hearing assistance are now able to enjoy the show via the Beyerdynamic Hearing System.

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