Bombshells (play)

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Bombshells, Joanna Murray-Smith.jpg
Cover shows Caroline O’Connor in Bombshells. Photos: Jeff Busby
Author Joanna Murray-Smith
Cover artist Ned Hoste, 2H
Country Australia
Language English
Genre Play
Publisher Currency Press
Publication date
Media type Print (Paperback)
ISBN 978-0-86819-751-7

Bombshells is a play by Australian playwright Joanna Murray-Smith.


Six monologues made famous by the diva Caroline O'Connor, exposing six women balancing their inner and outer lives with humour and often desperate cunning. They range in age from a feisty teenager to a 64-year-old widow yearning for the unexpected.

First Production[edit]

Bombshells was first presented by Melbourne Theatre Company at the Fairfax Theatre, Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne, Australia, on 28 December 2001, with the following production team:

This production was revived at the same venue from 26 February 2004 and transferred to the York Theatre, Seymour Centre, Sydney, Australia, from 30 April 2004.

A reduced version—consisting of four monologues—was presented as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe at the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, Scotland, from 6 August 2004. The performer again was Caroline O’Connor, directed by Simon Phillips.

This production—now consisting of all six monologues—transferred to the Arts Theatre, London, England, on 3 September 2004.

Four of the monologues from Bombshells were televised by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in November 2003.