The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion presented by Critical Stages Touring & Byron Theatre

June 28, 2022 @ 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Byron Theatre
69 Jonson Street
Byron Bay NSW 2481
Full $45 | Concession $40 | Byron Writers Festival Members $35 | Ages 15+

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Described by the New York Times as ‘thrilling and engaging – universal, profound… and uplifting’, Joan Didion’s celebrated memoir is brought to life by Green Room Award-win­ning actor Jillian Murray in a critically-acclaimed solo performance that reunites her with director Laurence Strangio (L’amante Anglaise national tour 2019).

This highly personal account of loss through the lens of hope unpacks a surreal and overwhelming time in Didion’s life as she faces the sudden loss of her husband John, and later her daughter Quintana. Deeply moving, sometimes funny, and ultimately joy­ful, this is one woman’s story of the journey to find acceptance, and the lessons learnt in letting go.

After a critically-acclaimed sell-out premiere season at Melbourne’s FortyFiveDownstairs this is a production that is a must-see for fans of great drama.

There will be a Q&A with Jillian Murray following the performance.

The Year Of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion presented by Critical Stages Touring & Byron Theatre

★★★★★ “We felt like privileged listeners, given access to an extraordinarily insightful confronta­tion with the way in which grief loosens our grasp on reason” ArtsHub

★★★★ “The audience is mesmerised, holding on to every word, gesture, with eyes following her movements, taking in what’s been so eloquently said” Theatre People

★★★★ “Jillian Murray gives a superb performance – poised, vulnerable, intelligent, and full of the subtlest ironies” Herald Sun

“This is yet another fine – and, if you like, ‘magical’ – performance from Jillian Murray, aided and guided by Mr Strangio, who here shows that he knows very well that less is more.” Stage Whispers

“a one person show par excellence” The Blurb

The Year of Magical Thinking is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc. and Concord Theatricals Company.
This production was developed for the stage by FortyFiveDownstairs.

Byron Writers Festival are proudly supporting this powerful theatre event and we are therefore pleased to offer all BWF Members a special discounted ticket price.


You can now redeem your NSW Discover & Parents Vouchers online: 
Complete your ticket selection, then at the Checkout Payment, click on Want to redeem a Dine & Discover Voucher? and enter your  NSW Voucher code. 
(valid until 30 June 2022)

To book wheelchair accessible seating, or for ticket enquiries, contact the Theatre Box Office:
Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 10.30am – 1.30pm, Tel. (02) 6685 6807
or Email

 The Byron Theatre and Community Centre is a registered CovidSafe business.
It is a condition of entry that all persons attending events at the Byron Theatre comply with the current NSW Public Health Orders. 

N.B. Subject to availability, E-Tickets can now be purchased online up to the event start time to avoid unnecessary queues at the box office.
6.00pm – Venue doors open / Box Office sales open / Events Bar open
6.30pm – Theatre doors open
7.00pm – The Year Of Magical Thinking
8.45pm – Event concludes (no interval)