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

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 much lauded solo performance.

This highly personal account of loss through the lens of hope unpacks a surreal and overwhelming period 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 her journey to find acceptance, and the lessons learnt in letting go.

The Year of Magical Thinking enjoyed a critically-acclaimed premiere season at Melbourne’s FortyFiveDownstairs in 2019 that had audiences clamouring to see it.

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


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 SAT 2 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 $3.30 - A one-off booking fee applies per transaction. This is regardless of the number or value of items purchased.


Blue Mountains Theatre

106 Macquarie Road

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