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The Female of The Species

The Female of The Species

By Joanna Murray-Smith
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781854595225, 80 pages, July 2008


A deliciously wicked comedy that proves that the female of the species is not only deadlier, but funnier than the male. From the author of the West End-hit, Honour.

Thirty years ago Margot Mason, pioneer of the 1970's Women's Liberation movement and fearless academic, wrote her groundbreaking work, The Cerebral Vagina. Numerous best-sellers and international adulation followed, but now she has writer's block.

As she sits in her country house struggling with a deadline, in walks Molly Rivers, student, idealist and daughter of one of Margot's most dedicated followers. Initially flattered, Margot is less pleased when Molly handcuffs her to the desk and pulls a gun...

Joanna Murray-Smith's play The Female of the Species was premiered in Melbourne, Australia, in 2006. This revised version was premiered at the Vaudeville Theatre in the West End in 2008.


"Deliriously funny... I beg you to see it"

- Sunday Telegraph

"The sparkiest, freshest thing on the West End stage this summer... Murray-Smith has Oscar Wilde's gift for one-liners"

- Daily Mail

"A cracking piece, part hostage drama, part satire, part outrageous farce... hugely entertaining"

- Telegraph

"A new West End play with a seriously amusing mind of its own"

- Evening Standard