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March 01 , 2009

Honour (NHB Modern Plays)


An unsettling play about infidelity seen from the perspective of the three women involved: the wife, the lover and the daughter.

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'Murray-Smith's considerable skill lies in charting the minute emotional shifts and the subtle power play between the four people... Superb' - Mail on Sunday

'Murray-Smith's writing is searching and droll, naturalistic and poetically honed' - Independent on Sunday

'An old story, but thanks to the quality of the writing and acting we share the characters' sense of sailing into uncharted waters... And there are some excellent comic touches... the piece deserves full credit for its honesty and dramatic grip' - Sunday Telegraph

'It's an intelligent, powerful, gripping piece' - The Times

'A really powerful new play. Joanna Murray-Smith is the most exciting Australian dramatist of her generation' - New Statesman

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