Day One, A Hotel, Evening by Joanna Murray-Smith

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  • Heath Ledger Theatre

About the Play

Forty-somethings Sam and Tom are not just business partners, but good friends, as are their wives, Madeleine and Stella. Their privileged lives of business deals, dinners out and squash games are the usual urbane rituals of the middle-class.

But as boredom sneaks up them, each of the four embarks on a thrilling adventure, finding their destinies on a collision course with the beguiling young strangers, Ray and Rose.

The result is a web intricate and far-reaching, where erotic thrill-seeking becomes an intense flirtation with catastrophe.

Love, seduction, envy, desire and revenge are the strands that wrap around their shiny lives... and it all starts very simply on day one, in the evening, in a hotel room.

Joanna Murray-Smith is Australia’s most produced playwright and renowned for her wit and razor-sharp humour. Her gift for comedic plot twists is at its best in this story about the romantic entanglements of the well-heeled.

Don’t miss this laugh out loud ensemble comedy that shines with Murray-Smith’s usual flair for style and fun.


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Cast & Creatives

Cast Includes: Jacob Allen, Humphrey Bower, Matt Dyktynski, Michelle Fornasier, Roz Hammond, Claire Lovering

Director: Peter Houghton

Designers: Set & Costume Designer Tracy Grant Lord, Lighting Designer Matthew Marshall, Sound Designer/Composer Ash Gibson Greig


"The sketchy nature of the characters is fleshed out by an excellent cast, but comedian Hammond and Bower steal the show. Infidelity is an activity that gets pulses racing, and so does the show." The Australian

"LOVED LOVED LOVED the play." Alisia, patron

"'Best play I've ever seen' says husband of 'Day One' by Joanna Murray-Smith. I laughed a lot!" Olivia, patron

"Absolutely loved Day One, A Hotel, Evening! Such great actors and actresses. I laughed so much and simply thought it was fantastic!!" Margaret, patron

"Had a great night at Day One, A Hotel, Evening. Hilarious, fast moving and great performances all round." Jane, patron

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