The Performance

The Performance

‘A potent meditation on the intensity of women’s lives’
Charlotte Wood, author of The Weekend

‘Read it as soon as you possibly can’
Emily Bitto, author of The Strays

‘I read from start to finish almost without looking up’
Clare Bowditch, author of Your Own Kind of Girl

The false cold of the theatre makes it hard to imagine the heavy wind outside in the real world, the ash air pressing onto the city from the nearby hills where bushfires are taking hold.
The house lights lower.
The auditorium feels hopeful in the darkness.

As bushfires rage outside the city, three women watch a performance of a Beckett play.
Margot is a successful professor, preoccupied by her fraught relationship with her ailing husband. Ivy is a philanthropist with a troubled past, distracted by the snoring man beside her. Summer is a young theatre usher, anxious about the safety of her girlfriend in the fire zone.
As the performance unfolds, so does each woman’s story. By the time the curtain falls, they will all have a new understanding of the world beyond the stage.
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 1st March 2021

Price: £14.99

ISBN-13: 9781474617017


Graceful, complex, intriguing. I read from start to finish almost without looking up, and suspect I will be carrying these characters with me for some time yet. A brilliant contribution to Australian fiction. Bravo, Claire Thomas.
Claire Bowditch, Aria-Award-winning musician, actor, radio presenter and author of YOUR OWN KIND OF GIRL
This extraordinary novel contains multitudes. Grounded in the inner lives of three women, it expands to encompass so much that is of fundamental importance to our times, and indeed to the human condition itself. Profound, funny, full of empathy and oh-so-smart, this is a work of art in the truest sense. Read it as soon as you possibly can.
Emily Bitto, author of THE STRAYS
Restrained and adventurous at once, The Performance is a cool, potent meditation on the private intensity of women's lives. An enigmatic, elegant and assured novel that explores the power of art in revealing us to ourselves.
Charlotte Wood, author of THE WEEKEND