“Very early in my life it was too late.” – Marguerite Duras

Laurence Strangio’s long-awaited adaptation of Duras’ The Lover, her sensational memoir about a young girl’s illicit affair with a wealthy Chinese man in 1930s French Indochina.

A passionate duologue between the older Duras and her younger self which candidly reflects on the forbidden territories of memory, death, age and desire.

A revelation … exhilarating, sexy, melancholy, truthful, modern and female.

   – Deborah Levy, The Independent on reading The Lover

Immaculately rendered … See anything adapted by Strangio on Duras.

   – Sarah W, The Plus Ones on The Lover

 … brilliant theatre, pure and simple.

    – Cameron Woodhead, The Age on L’amante anglaise


Text by Marguerite Duras

Adapted and directed by Laurence Strangio

Performed by Brenda Palmer and Annie Thorold

Designed by Mattea Davies and Bronwyn Pringle

Dramaturgical associate: Annie Thorold

Photography/image credit: Laurence Strangio/Felix Strangio



March 15 – 25



Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat 6.30pm |

Sun 4pm |

Approx. 60 min


La Mama Courthouse 349 Drummond St, Carlton


Tickets Info/

Full $30 Concession  $20

Phone Booking/

03 9347 6142