What do the critics think?
"A charmed cast artistically render real this important exploration of core ideas on women’s presence (and absence) in culture. This is a brief intimate wander inside the mind of one of the modern world’s most fascinating thinkers, creatively and philosophically."
- Sarah Wallace, The Plus Ones 2019
"The strength of Hanrahan’s direction is evident in the engaging way her cast approaches the complex and eloquent material. The work feels like an enlightening reverie, and in this hour, we are invited into an articulate trance."
- Leeor Adar, Theatre Press 2019
"Watching the play is strangely like the experience of reading one of Woolf’s novels, in which different points of view and modes of feeling interrupt each other. One of the achievements of the play, in fact, is to reveal how essential such drama is to Woolf’s writing. ‘Stream of consciousness’ may be the usual term for it; but this play, with its drama of different voices, probably gives a truer sense of how her writing works."
- Lisa Gorton, Australian Book Review 2019
"Hanrahan eloquently interprets these to present an intelligent and articulate conversation on feminism while ensuring a relevance to the contemporary world we live in."
Myron My, My Melbourne Arts 2019
"In our time of post feminist disappointment and the rise of the #MeToo movement, Woolf's words, ideas and observations still resonate loudly."
- Danielle Cummins, Australian Stage 2019
"Anna Kennedy, Anthea Davis, Marissa O’Reilly and Jackson Trickett must be praised for their performances. Their strides across the stage and the confidence in which they speak their words draw the audience into an almost conversation, allowing them to be a silent spectator in the discussion pouring out in front of them."
- Stacey Waters, Pop Culture-y 2019
"The freedom of the mind is the most important aspect of this show. [...] The voices and presences of these actors are incredibly powerful and moving. [...] It felt like watching a conversation in my head unfold."
- Vanessa Giron, Witness Performance 2019
“A Room of One’s Own [is] witty, supple, and conducted in a spirit of restless inquiry, anchoring emotion with intellect, infusing argument with narrative technique. This luminous, accessible production captures the beauty of Woolf’s prose and the complexity of her ideas [and] gives her potent words vivid voice.”
- Cameron Woodhead, The Age 2016
“A Room of One’s Own is a must for literary lovers, feminists or those wishing a theatre experience presented with elegant finesse, showcasing some of the wonderful talent in our city.”
- Cheryl Threadgold, Melbourne Observer 2016
“A Room of One’s Own is a mix of the artistry of our new generation of theatre makers combined with the wise and timeless work of a past genius... I was immersed by this play; every aspect was of the highest quality.”
- Lisa Romeo, TAGG 2016
“There is little not covered in this masterful production, which both engages, challenges, and delights.”
- Sarah W., The Plus Ones 2016
What about venues and presenters?
Regional Victoria 2019 Tour
"This show brought a new format to our theatre with the traverse audience. It deeply immerses you and gives you a real feel."
"The local English and Literature teachers of our town made a specific journey in to watch the show. Their boundaries that we only dream of breaking down and has now opened a new dialogue with the venue."
"For us it gave our technicians the most varied experience where they have worked a traverse show for the first time. The post show cast meet and greet really involved our audience on a new level that we don't often have the opportunity to do."
"The different stage/seating layout was new for us, and worked well."
"Show was 10 out of 10. Love your work. Beautiful. Moving."
"We had a couple of younger women in the audience who really had an experience that completely changed their perspective."
"Overall the cast and crew were really pleasant to work with and we would love the opportunity to have them back again in the future."
What about audiences?
"Thank you for this wonderful rendition of my very favourite book - beautifully edited and delivered with such deep feeling and love and hope and insight. I wept throughout."
- Rebecca, July 2019
"Superb, stunning, still so contemporary. Beautifully rendered inside a mind lost to us too young! Long live her words."
- Sarah, 2019
"A full house and a passionate, lucid night at the theatre."
- Beng, 2019
"Thank you so much for a wonderful night at the theatre Peta Hanrahan. Yet again I’m blown away by your talent! It was a fabulous show. [...] You and your amazing cast’s hard work shines through."
- Nerida, 2019
"Got to witness this great work again today. Congrats to everyone on a stunning job. Such an important and enlightening experience. Really powerful. Bravo."
- Tim, 2019
"I remember seeing Pete's original production at La Mama with my partner Jo and talking about it together for days afterwards as the language and ideas slowly sank in for both of us. It was a profound and moving thing to sit back and watch happen - almost like watching our brains start working differently through a mirror."
- Tony, 2019
"It was great, engrossing and thought provoking, especially from a women’s point of view. Men would not have thought about these issues either. Loved it! Thank you for the experience."
- Tina, 2019
“Today it was a pleasure to see Peta Hanrahan’s beautiful production of A Room of One’s Own. This series of lectures cannot be a piece of theatre...well so I thought. Wrong ...a clever dramaturg, director and cast turned this into a moving beautiful production. Delicate under stated delivery and the gentle harmony of the ensemble playing brought the language vividly to life. A lovely production.”
- Peter, May 2016
“Many congratulations on A Room of One's Own. What a spellbinder. Huge congratulations to everyone on this stunning show. I had the pleasure of seeing it yesterday and I haven't stopped musing on it/ mentioning it to every human I come across. All the best with the remainder of the season and thank you for such moving and engaging work.”
- Freya, May 2016
“Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed it, you were all so inspiring, I left thinking and talking about how wonderful you were and those thought provoking words. Thank you.”
- Zia, May 2016
“THANKYOU to you and your cast and to Peta for the show!! amazing. excellent and beautiful ideas in there. i loved listening to all those words so beautifully spoken. Totes loved it."
- Rosie, May 2016
“WHAT A SHOW. So articulate, considered, generous and pertinent. Id already thought myself a feminist but this show revealed so much to me that I’d not even considered about the weight of historical inequality being felt today, and the courage and genius and hardship or our women in the arts today and in centuries past. Your audience left changed.”
- Josh, May 2016
“Such an important production. Deeply inspiring, educating and motivating. Performed with such craft by all actors, achieving a wonderful immediacy that allowed us to follow each word and thought. I felt that in that room i was a part of a community of people collectively dissecting, analysing and experiencing this precious inheritance of a text.”
- Artemis, May 2016
“Poetic, inspiring and mesmerising. Just like Woolf herself.”
- Marc, May 2016
Regional Victoria 2019 Tour
"Direction brilliant and captured my mind on the edge of my chair. Tummy-tickling. Choreography meticulous and so engaging. The ultimate brain exciter. Many many thanks to you all. I'm off to find more of Virginia."
"The script was perfectly crafted and the actors delivered Virginia Woolf's thoughts in such a way that one could imagine she was there speaking directly to us. I think she would have been amused and proud."
"Virginia Woolf spoke the alarming truth then based on evidence and it still resonates today."
"Brought one of my best friends who never gets to see live theatre. Opened up much discussion between us. Great bonding experience."
"Thank you. And well done to the cast - absolutely outstanding!"
"As a writer, I found whole production very inspiring. The play was compelling. The performances were outstanding. The art design was also interesting. Great play."