Change starts in your own backyard.
A brave and powerful contemporary drama that invites us to peak over the suburban fence.
A compelling and timely new work from award-winning playwright Fleur Murphy (Heath, Nothing) and starring Louisa Mignone (Anna K, The Twelve, Wentworth), The Fence is a stunning one-woman show that will lead you deep into the Melbourne suburbia we know, and reveal the world we strive to change.
In a quiet cul-de-sac, one morning we meet Woman, awoken by the sound of splintering wood as the boundary fence between her property is pulled down in order for her neighbour to start redevelopment. Now there’s no fence. There’s no privacy. Backyards have merged, driveways are shared and both houses sit completely exposed to one another. The lines between neighbour, friend, foe and stranger begin to blur after Woman witnesses a series of events, leading her to question her power to connect and make a change when what we’re fighting is held so tightly behind closed doors.
Directed by Alice Darling (Fierce, Middletown) The Fence presents a familiar, visceral world where suburban noir meets domestic superhero, examining our social responsibility and power at a time when these conversations have never been more urgent or essential.
Shortlisted for the 2022 Rodney Seaborn Playwrights award, The Fence showcases Murphy’s poetic yet relatably raw dialogue, which is entwined with as much humour as it has heart.
Image by Cameron Grant
Writer: Fleur Murphy
Director: Alice Darling
Producer: Fiona Stafford
Creative Producer: Tom Royce-Hampton
Dramaturge: Susanne Porter
Domestic Abuse Advisor: Sheridon Byrne
Set & Costume Design: Karine Larché
Lighting Design: Clare Springett
Cast: Louisa Mignone
The initial research and script development of The Fence has been proudly supported by Merri-bek City Council through the 2020 Flourish: Arts Recovery Grant program.