Ninety by Joanna Murray-Smith

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About the Play

Ninety minutes can feel like an eternity or pass in a heartbeat.

Isabel has exactly ninety minutes – no more, no less – to persuade William, her ex-husband, to come back to her instead of marrying a younger woman on Sunday. Are ninety minutes enough to get past the recriminations and disappointments of ruined love and reignite the tender bonds? Can Isabel, an art conservator, restore love the way she restores paintings? Can she bring William and their marriage back to life? The clock is ticking.

With the razor sharp observations and rapier wit which Perth audiences enjoyed in Joanna Murray-Smith’s Honour and The Female of The Species, this intimate, deeply-felt and surprisingly funny play is by one of Australia’s most successful contemporary playwrights.

“Following the critical acclaim for her productions of The Web and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Marcelle Schmitz is the perfect director to launch Black Swan’s Season Underground. Ninety is a beautiful observation of the fragility and resilience of marriage that challenges traditional theatrical conventions.” Kate Cherry


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Cast & Creatives

Cast includes: Kirsty Hillhouse, Paul English

Director: Marcelle Schmitz

Set & Costume Designer Bryan Woltjen Lighting Designer Trent Suidgeest Sound Designer Ben Collins


"...Murray-Smith is a scintillatingly unsentimental writer, putting into the couple's mouths barbs as wickedly funny as they are revealing...razor-sharp sociological observation meld beautifully with deep personal tragedy..." The West Australian

"A nuanced portrait of a bittersweet relationship...Ninety is one of Hillhouse's strongest performances yet." The Australian

"Expertly handled by director Marcelle Schmitz and lighting designer Trent Suidgeest, Black Swan State Theatre Company’s Season Underground production of Ninety offers one and a half hours of emotive and thought-provoking theatre." Theatre People

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