Brooke Williams played Molly Rivers in the Auckland Theatre production of The Female of the Species.
Molly Rivers: Molly Rivers is an angry, gun-toting young feminist who takes Margot Mason, a feminist writer, captive in Margot’s country home. Molly blames Margot for brainwashing Molly’s mother with her book The Cerebral Vagina. Following Margot’s advice, Molly’s mother gave Molly away as a baby so that she wouldn’t be enslaved by motherhood and then killed herself. Molly has had herself sterilized to preserve her creativity, only to be told by Margot that she has no talent.Source: Wikipedia
The Female of the Species is based on a real life incident endured by Germaine Greer.
Fashionably famous feminist author Margot Mason has always been deadlier and cleverer than any male. But when she’s held hostage in her country home, her comfortable life spirals hilariously out of control.
Throughout the play, Margot’s worth as an author and a human is questioned and discussed by various characters, starting with disgruntled Molly Rivers. Margot’s daughter Tess later arrives, exhausted from her house full of children. Margot has accused Tess of throwing her life away to embrace the role of housewife. Tess agrees that her mother should be shot. Tess’s sensitive stockbroker husband, Bryan also arrives to debate the virtues of Margot’s best-sellers, her inconsistent philosophy, and her inability to “mother”. Even a macho taxi driver (Frank) and her flamboyantly gay publisher (Theo) comment on Margot’s feminist failings.
A review in the New Zealand Herald had this to say:
“Brooke Williams proves again that she is one to watch with her strong showing as the angry young feminist Molly Rivers.”
Brooke was interviewed over the radio about her role in The Female of the Species: