An intimate, powerful and deeply personal story, performed by one of Australia’s finest actors.


*Now re-scheduled to Friday 22 July 2022*


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Described by the New York Times as ‘thrilling and engaging – universal, profound… and uplifting’ Joan Didion’s celebrated memoir is brought to life by Green Room Award-winning actor Jillian Murray in a critically-acclaimed solo performance that reunites her with director Laurence Strangio (L’amante Anglaise national tour 2019).

This highly personal account of loss through the lens of hope unpacks a surreal and overwhelming time in Didion’s life as she faces the sudden loss of her husband John, and later her daughter Quintana. Deeply moving, sometimes funny, and ultimately joyful, this is one woman’s story of the journey to find acceptance, and the lessons learnt in letting go.

After a critically-acclaimed sellout premiere season at Melbourne’s FortyFiveDownstairs this is a production that is a must-see for fans of great drama.

"Jillian Murray gives a superb performance - poised, vulnerable, intelligent, and full of the subtlest ironies."
— Herald Sun
"We felt like privileged listeners, given access to an extraordinarily insightful confrontation with the way in which grief loosens our grasp on reason."
— Arts Hub
"The audience is mesmerised, holding on to every word, gesture, with eyes following her movements, taking in what's been so eloquently said."
— Theatre People

The Year of Magical Thinking is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc., and Concord Theatricals Company. This production was developed for the stage by FortyFiveDownstairs. The 2022 tour has been made possible with financial assistance from Creative Victoria, the Russell Mills Foundation, and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.


Written by

Joan Didion

Directed by

Laurence Strangio

Lighting Design

Andy Turner

Sound Design

Darius Kedros


Jodie Hutchinson

Performed by

Jillian Murray

Event and ticketing details


Wheelchair Access
Assistive listening Assistive Listening

Dates & Times

Performance FRI 22 JULY 2022 - 08:00pm
Duration Approx. 85 mins (no interval)


Full price $45.00
Concession $40.00 - A valid concession card must be presented/
Booking fee $3.50 - A one-off booking fee applies per transaction. This is regardless of the number or value of items purchased.


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