That Daring Australian Girl

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Written & Performed by Joanne Hartstone
Directed by Nicholas Collett
Lighting & Production Design by Tom Kitney
Costume Design by Nikki Fort

“I was born a suffragette. I saw that the world treated women unfairly, and rebelled. The Women of England demand the Vote!”

That Daring Australian Girl is the remarkable true story of Muriel Matters; the Adelaide-born actress and agitator who became one of the leading figures of the UK’s Suffragette movement and was the “Foremost Woman Orator in Britain”.

As well as a highly skilled elocutionist, Muriel Matters (1877-1969) was also a journalist, a lecturer, a teacher and a political candidate. Matters’ background as a South Australian gave her the added token of enfranchisement — Muriel had already voted twice before journeying across the world and she extolled the South Australian virtues of equality and freedom. Most famously, Matters chained herself to the grille of the Ladies’ Gallery in the British House of Commons in a spectacularly successful stunt to gain attention for the Suffragette movement. Her celebrity then extended around the globe when she crash-landed a hot air dirigible balloon whilst attempting to fly over London.

“In the deft hands of one of Adelaide’s most prodigious stage talents — writer-performer Joanne Hartstone — another is brought back to vivid and vivacious life: the story of actress turned suffragette Muriel Matters… Hartstone’s hour-long monologue is a rambunctious joy, flawlessly and humorously delivered, and a genuine insight into one of South Australia’s under-sung heroines.” ★★★★★ The Advertiser

“Testament to the work and dedication of this burgeoning and increasingly acclaimed theatre practitioner, the detail and historicity of both plot and personal insights are extraordinary, contributing to the sense of authenticity… This sensitive portrayal paints not just an idealist’s picture of firebrand heroism, but captures the human dimension, that reality of emotions and doubts and griefs that define the element of humanity behind true greatness. Yes, Muriel the heroine, Muriel the warrior, but speaking volumes more, Muriel the woman!!” ★★★★1/2

“Heroic” ★★★★★ Sunday Mail
“A winning tribute” ★★★★★
“Awe-inspiring” ★★★★★ Tulpa Magazine
“Exhilarating” ★★★★★

WINNER BankSA Best Theatre Award (Week 3) — Adelaide Fringe 2018
WINNER Sunday Mail Award Best Fringe (Female) Solo Show — Adelaide Fringe 2018

Joanne Hartstone is a multi-award winning South Australian theatre maker who produces shows on three different continents. She is an actress, singer, writer, director, theatre producer, artistic director and teacher. She has participated in the 2018 Adelaide Cabaret Festival, 12 Adelaide Fringe festivals, 7 Edinburgh Fringe festivals, 1 Melbourne Fringe, 1 Hollywood Fringe and debuted in New York in 2018.

“One of Adelaide’s most prodigious stage talents”The Advertiser
“Joanne Hartstone is an all-round entertainer, oozing comedic, dramatic and musical talent… A true Super Star is Born.”Edinburgh Guide
“Joanne Hartstone has a distinguished track record in Adelaide Fringes as both a performer and an artistic director, and the excellence goes on.”The Barefoot Review

Joanne’s solo-show The Girl Who Jumped Off The Hollywood Sign won the inaugural Made In Adelaide Award and the Holden Street Theatres’ Award for the 2017 Adelaide Fringe. When the show travelled to Hollywood, Joanne won the Producers’ Encore Award, the TVolution Platinum Medal, the Combined Artist & Fringe Management ‘Pick Of The Fringe’, Better Lemon’s Critics Choice Award, and the TVolution Best Solo Show (Female) Award and was nominated for a host of other awards.

Joanne’s second solo show That Daring Australian Girl won both the BankSA Best Theatre Week 3 Award and the Sunday Mail’s Award for Best Solo Show (Female) during the 2018 Adelaide Fringe. Her season received great acclaim and packed houses!

Joanne graduated with a Bachelor Creative Arts (Honours) from Flinders University Drama Centre. She was nominated for the Emerging Artist of the Year by the Adelaide Critics Circle and has been nominated (twice) for the Adelaide Theatre Guide’s Best Female Performer (Professional). Further acting credits include stage performances in David Mamet’s Oleanna, The Storm by Liam Ormsby, Stephen King’s Misery, and screen performances in Foxtel’s Deadline Gallipoli and the History Channel’s Changed Forever.

Joanne is also a prolific theatre producer and presenter, and has enabled over 70 productions in the UK, the USA and Australia. She is the Artistic Director of the Noel Lothian Hall in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens for the Adelaide Fringe and has won multiple awards for her shows including Adelaide Fringe Best Theatre Awards, the Peace Foundation Award, Adelaide Critics Circle Awards and the Sunday Mail Best New Venue, Best Collective and Best Return Season Awards.



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