The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

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  • Dolphin Theatre

About the Play

Joan Didion’s stage adaptation of her own best-selling, award-winning memoir is an exquisite chronicle of the year she spent imagining her husband’s return after she witnessed him die suddenly of a heart attack.

Two leading lights of the Australian theatre, Helen Morse and Iain Grandage (along with his cello) will bring this highly moving memoir to life. Helen Morse has received national acclaim for her work, which shares Joan Didion’s searing quest for truth and Iain Grandage has been celebrated nationally and internationally for his lyrical compositions for theatre.

This one woman play, rich with pathos, exposes the beauty and terror that we all find in the transience of life, and celebrates the power of the imagination to help us survive.

"When I first read this magic account of a woman’s journey in which she transcends tragedy by navigating through her imagination, I was struck by Didion’s ability to articulate her shock and amazement at the magnitude of her loss with clarity and wit." Kate Cherry

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Cast & Creatives

Starring: Helen Morse

Musician: Iain Grandage Musician on Tour: Melanie Robinson

Director: Kate Cherry

Set & Costume Designer: Christina Smith Lighting Designer: Matt Scott Composer: Iain Grandage Associate Director: Paul English


"Each element of the production - music, design and performance - is hauntingly beautiful...” The West Australian

"...a remarkable performance of immense clarity; subtle, penetrating, and so acutely emotional..." Post Newspaper

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