Joanna Murray-Smith's Honour is a poignant examination of how the disruption of new love shocks four people into redefining themselves, uprooting their understanding of love and loyalty, and forcibly restarting their emotional lives after years of comfortable stagnation.
How do you react to the abrupt end of a 32 year old marriage by a passionate spark?
This internationally loved, award-winning play reminds us there are no easy answers, grappling with the universal challenges of lost love, betrayal and new beginnings.
There are no losers in Honour, no villains, just four people finding their way as they question their lives. Are the routines they've created over decades comforting or stifling? What is more important: security or passion?
"Joanna Murray-Smith is the most exciting Australian dramatist of her generation." New Statesman
What do we really know about love?
How long does it last?
When is it really real?
Joanna Murray-Smith is a well respected Australian playwright, screenwriter, novelist, librettist and newspaper columnist.
Many of her plays have been performed around the world. Honour has been produced in more than three dozen countries, including productions on Broadway and at the Royal National Theatre in London. Its first public appearance was in a reading with Meryl Streep, Sam Waterston and Kyra Sedgwick. It was performed at London's Royal National Theatre with Eileen Atkins who won best actress in the Laurence Olivier Awards for the role. Its West End performance took place at Wyndham's Theatre in 2006 with Diana Rigg and Martin Jarvis.
Ridge's Lovers was performed in New York under the direction of Brian Leahy Doyle. Honour, Nightfall, Rapture, Ninety and Day One, a Hotel, Evening have all had staged readings or productions at the New York Stage and Film Festival,
Scenes from a Marriage was performed in January 2008 at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, directed by Trevor Nunn. The Female of the Species, based on events in the life of Germaine Greer, opened in London in July 2008.