Thirty years ago Margot Mason, pioneer of the 1970s Women's Liberation movement and fearless academic, wrote her groundbreaking work and numerous best-sellers followed. Now she has writer's block. Molly, an unannounced visitor and committed fan of Margot and her work, offers a potential solution - until Molly produces a gun and calmly informs Margot that she intends to kill her because she blames her for warping her mother's mind and ruining her life with her hit book The Cerebral Vagina.
Joanna Murray-Smith's deliciously wicked comedy deftly walks the tightrope between satire and farce proving the female of the species is not only deadlier, but funnier than the male.
This latest gem from the pen of one of Australia's most outstanding playwrights was inspired by Germaine Greer's experience of being held captive in her country house in Essex in 2000.
"The home of a famous feminist is invaded by an obsessed fan in Joanna Murray-Smith's witty play."
"The well-realised comic devices of the Queensland Theatre Company production, together with strong performances from the ensemble, drew riotous peals of laughter throughout, and carried the audience along with the character and cultural references pivotal to the comic force of this fast-paced farce."
"My intention in writing The Female of the Species was to devise a lively, funny play about feminism, among other things, and more specifically, about the legacy of those second-wave feminists whose courage, stamina and occasionally infuriating intellect have changed society for ever."