discussing simone de beauvoir

Presented in partnership with fortyfivedownstairs

Discussion in English - Free admission
Monday 7 May, 6:30pm
At Alliance Française - Eildon Gallery


Ground-breaking French feminist Simone de Beauvoir radically inspired generations of women from the fifties on to strive for personal freedom and independence. With her seminal work The Second Sex, published in 1949, she provoked outrage while igniting a movement that gave women ownership of their own narrative. 

Drawn together through their shared love of de Beauvoir, award-winning actor Jillian Murray and director Suzanne Chaundy have joined forces to create a thought provoking work that brings the controversial woman behind the works of The Second Sex and The Woman Destroyed into the foreground. The play, entitled DE STROYED will be presented at fortyfivedownstairs from the 16 - 27 May.

Jillian and Suzanne will be joined by Isabelle Mangeot-Hewison at the Alliance Française for a discussion about de Beauvoir and the role she has played in contemporary feminism, as well as a short reading from DE STROYED

Suzanne Chaundy
Suzanne‘s 30 plus year directing career has spanned opera, text based theatre and outdoor spectacle. She has directed for many Australian theatre companies including La Mama, Anthill, STC, MTC and Red Stitch Actors Theatre. Notable recent productions include The Chapel Perilous, The Maids, Beyond The Neck and most recently, In Between Two for the 2017 Melbourne Festival. Known primarily as an opera director, Suzanne’s opera direction credits include productions for the West Australian Opera, Opera Australia, the Victoria State Opera and Melbourne Opera. Her productions have been performed in over 300 international festivals and events in more than 40 different countries. Her most recent production was Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde at the Palais Theatre.

Jillian Murray
Jillian has worked extensively in theatre, and television in  both Australia and the United Kingdom. She trained at East 15 Drama School (London) after completing studies at Monash and Melbourne Universities and has worked with Lyric Theatre (London), Melbourne Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company, West Australian Theatre Company, Anthill, Playbox, Red Stitch, La Mama and at the Perth, Sydney and Adelaide Festivals  In 2016 she received the Green Room Award for Best Actor (L’amante anglaise), and has been nominated in this year’s awards for her performance in the 2017 production of The Chairs.


A thought provoking new Australian work featuring award-winning actor Jillian Murray. 

For those who loved Simone, who do love her, who will love her. 

Chaundy and Murray have joined forces with composer Christopher de Groot and video artist Zoe Scoglio to set the work in a contemporary space, allowing audiences to simultaneously engage in both the past and present. “We want to celebrate de Beauvoir’s singular brilliance”, says Murray. “The work is intimate and personal. As Simone would have said, the personal is political!” 

Along with The Woman Destroyed and The Second Sex, De Stroyed draws on de Beauvoir’s love letters to fellow writer and philosopher Jean Paul Sartre, with whom she shared a lifelong relationship that generated endless controversy and curiosity. De Stroyed scrutinizes with searing intelligence, humour and pathos, what it means to love another, our common fate, and the tensions created by leading an unconventional life. It opens the window to view where contemporary Feminism began and, in light of the #metoo and Times Up movements, questions how far have we really come? 

16 – 27 May 2018 
Times 7:30pm Tue – Sat / 5pm Sun 
Venue fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 
Tickets $32 - $38 
Bookings 03 9662 9966 or fortyfivedownstairs.com 


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