From an episode of SmartArtsPresented by Richard Watts


Smart Arts: Playwright Fleur Murphy on The Fence

When suburban privacies fall away how do you know when it’s right to intervene?

Speaking with guest host, Daniel Santangeli, playwright Fleur Murphy unpacks how real life events inspired her to create a one-woman play, The Fence, exploring the braveries and ethical concerns of witnessing domestic violence.

“It’s that kind of slow potential realisation that something a little darker is actually happening next door,” says Murphy about her protagonist. “It’s such a hard kind of thing to navigate […] how do you do something is it the right thing to do? Is it not? What are the repercussions of making those choices?”

The Fence centres on a ‘typical’ suburban wife in Melbourne, using the one-woman show structure to showcase actor Louisa Mignone’s ability to delve deep into the psyche of this torn protagonist.

The Fence is on from the 9th of August until the 20th of August at Darebin Arts Speakeasy

Photo credit: Gregory Lorenzutti

Listen to Smart Arts: Playwright Fleur Murphy on The Fence12:203 August 2023