Sentient Theatre – A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

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Media Coverage:
That’s Melbourne
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fortyfivedownstairs and La Mama present
Sentient Theatre’s production of

A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

Adapted for the stage and Directed by Peta Hanrahan

Following a sold-out premiere season, Peta Hanrahan’s stage adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s classic essay returns. Breathing new life into the history of women and literature, A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf features four performers as aspects of Woolf’s mind in conversation with herself, and the audience.

Based on a series of lectures that gently interrogates the history of women and fiction, this much-lauded production carries striking relevance to current conversations about gender disparity. Today, with campaigns such as Me Too, Time’s Up and NOW Australia, A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf shines a light on our history with astounding pertinence to contemporary society.

Sentient Theatre is a new collective of contemporary theatre practitioners with the goal of bringing important humanitarian narratives to the stage. Their inaugural piece, A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf, premiered at La Mama Courthouse in 2016 to overwhelmingly positive responses, igniting a desire to continue sharing this important story.

Not to be missed, this limited return season runs at Melbourne’s iconic fortyfivedownstairs in the CBD for 11 shows only from the 17th to the 28th of July, 2019.

Adapted and Directed by Peta Hanrahan
Performed by Anthea Davis, Marissa O’Reilly, Anna Kennedy and Jackson Trickett
Lighting Design by Paul Lim
Set Design by Dagmara Gieysztor
Sound Design by David Thomson
Produced by Anna Kennedy
Stage and Production Management by Tennessee Mynott-Rudland

“This luminous, accessible production captures the beauty of Woolf’s prose and the complexity of her ideas [and] gives her potent words vivid voice.” ★★★★ The Age

“A Room of One’s Own is a must for literary lovers, feminists or those wishing a theatre experience presented with elegant finesse”- Melbourne Observer

“There is little not covered in this masterful production, which both engages, challenges, and delights.”The Plus Ones

This project is proudly supported by fortyfivedownstairs, La Mama Theatre Inc, Regional Arts Victoria, Creative Victoria, City of Melbourne, Australia Council for the Arts, and Auspicious Arts Projects.

17 – 28 July, 2019
Preview 17 July
Tues – Sat 7:30pm, Sun 5pm
Tickets: $43 Full, $38 Senior, $35 Concession, $30 Grps 10+ and Preview
Bookings: 03 9662 9966 on online at
Venue: fortyfivedownstairs theatre, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC

Duration: 60 minutes approx.

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Photograph Credits:
Photographer: Tommy Holt – T6 photography
Subjects: Marissa O’Reilly and Anna Kennedy