Joh Hartog Productions
Bakehouse Theatre


-- Note this is an archived listing for performances in the year 2018 --
Written By: Maria Irene Fornes
Directed By: Joh Hartog

“FEFU AND HER FRIENDS” is an Off-Broadway favourite, winning the writer Maria Irene Fornes one of her six Obie Awards. It has been described as “An extraordinary play of uncommon insight and wit” by the Los Angeles Herald Examiner

With true appreciation of this innovative writing, Director Joh Hartog gives it an equally extraordinary airing at the Bakehouse Theatre. He has decided to use every single one of the rooms at the Bakehouse to invite the audience into Fefu’s lounge room, garden, kitchen, bedroom and library. Never mind the staff trying to run the place and sacrificing their offices, kitchens, extra bar rooms, dressing rooms, Mainstage and Studio theatres. We happily do so, all for the sake of art and innovation!

This is the Bakehouse behind the scenes as you have never seen it before! Join the tour! Sneak into those hidden rooms with their doors shut that you have always wondered about. Find out just what is going on there.

Oh and while you are there, you might want to watch “One of the most powerful plays written about the mysteries and shared hallucinations of the female experience” – LA Weekly

It is around 1935 in South Australia. Women have long since been given the vote and they are allowed to sit in parliament. But it takes more than that to enable women to inhabit an emancipated position in the world.
In Fefu and her Friends eight women meet in Fefu’s house to make final arrangements for a fundraiser about education. They talk about their lives and examine their limited development in a world largely ruled by men.
This sensitive, wise, but above all sparkling and life affirming play portrays a time between the first suffragettes and the fully fledged feminism of the seventies. It gives us eight fairly ordinary, but fascinating women who are all trying to develop an enhanced place in the world for themselves beyond what is regarded as the norm.
Fefu in particular is ready to break some boundaries, but is fearful of the consequences. What is she willing to lose to achieve a change?

Approx. Running Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Suitable for ages: 16+

Performance Dates:
-- Note this is an archived listing for performances in the year 2018 --
Wednesday, 21 November 2018 - 8:00pm
Opening night:
Thursday, 22 November 2018 - 8:00pm
Friday, 23 November 2018 - 8:00pm
Saturday, 24 November 2018 - 8:00pm
Wednesday, 28 November 2018 - 8:00pm
Thursday, 29 November 2018 - 8:00pm
Friday, 30 November 2018 - 8:00pm
Saturday, 1 December 2018 - 8:00pm

The Bakehouse Theatre

-- Note this is an archived listing for performances in the year 2018 --

Adults $30, Conc $25, Fringe Members $25, Groups (6+) $25, Previews $20