Presented by The Hive Collective and Metro Arts

By Zoey Dawson | Directed by Kate Wild

How can a playwright make a difference when she doubts every word she places on the page? And does literary immortality really matter when the world is about to end?

In a messy lounge room in Brunswick East, a young woman starts to write a play – an important play, an instant classic, a story that matters. But her convict drama insists on unravelling and now our corseted protagonist has 5000 words to write and an Ottolenghi fish dinner to prepare.

Zoey Dawson mocks the Australian canon and her own artistic ambition in this meta-theatrical black comedy. This caustically funny interrogation of the creative process is both deeply personal and resonantly universal.

 “This work is generous, provocative, urgent, entertaining, and mind-bendingly clever.” – ★★★★1/2 ArtsHub

“Go and see this play. It’ll make you think, it’ll make you laugh and it’ll make you want to see it again.” – ★★★★★ Broadway World

“My new gold standard for a play” – The Courier Mail

“Emily Burton is luminous [with] a goofy comic presence that is a joy to watch” – Stage Whispers

“…absurdly hilarious, wonderfully acted and reminds us that we are all imperfect human beings.” – Theatre Haus

“This is a play that moved me in many ways and will stay with me for a while, for its relatability as much as its perplexing nature.” – Nothing Ever Really Happens In Brisbane


7:30pm, Wed 17 – Sat 27 Mar, 2021*

*Auslan Interpreted performance
7:30pm, Wed 24 March


New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End


General Admission $42 + booking fee
Concession $35 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $35 + booking fee
Preview Wed 17 Mar $35 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased


Approximately 70 minutes. No interval. 


Suitable for ages 15+. May contain coarse language, loud noises, depictions of drug use and violence, depictions of death or dying, and replica firearms. Please note – a lockout period applies. Latecomers may be admitted at a suitable break in the performance. 

Image by Stephen Henry


Director Kate Wild 
Designer Sarah Winter 
LX Designer Christine Felmingham 
Sound Designer  Anna Whitaker 
Cast Emily Burton, Luisa Prosser, Kevin Spink, Jeremiah Wray 


The Hive Collective
Hive is a new theatre collective led by Artistic Directors Heather Fairbairn, Heidi Manché and Kate Wild. These three established directors are thrilled to be producing and supporting each other’s work, creating jobs for local artists and offering quality independent theatre for Brisbane’s audiences.

Kate Wild – Director
Hive co-Artistic Director Kate Wild is the award-winning writer and director of The Sound of a Finished Kiss. Having worked in theatres throughout London, Bristol and Melbourne she has returned to Brisbane, founding Now Look Here and directing Splendour, A Slight Ache and The Seagull for the company.

Zoey Dawson – Playwright
Zoey Dawson is a theatre maker and screenwriter based in Naarm/Melbourne on the lands of the Kulin nation. Her recent credits include as playwright, Australian Realness (Malthouse Theatre), Conviction (ZLMD Shakespeare/Darebin Arts), Welcome to Nowhere (Monash University/Malthouse), Calamity (MTC NEON/ZLMD Shakespeare), The Unspoken Word is Joe (MKA/La Mama/Griffin Theatre/Brisbane Festival), Madonna Arms (I’m Trying To Kiss You/Next Wave) and I Know There’s A Lot Of Noise Outside But You Have To Close Your Eyes (I’m Trying To Kiss You/LaMama/NIDA). As well as performing in much of her own work, she appeared in a world-ish tour of The Economist (MKA/World Theatre Festival/Edinburgh Fringe), for which she was nominated for a UK Stage Award for Best Actress. As director, she staged an all-female Romeo and Juliet at fortyfivedownstairs (ZLMD Shakespeare. She won the Melbourne Festival Discovery Award for The Unspoken Word is “Joe”


The Hive Collective’s 2021 season is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and through the Creative Sparks Fund, a partnership between the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council to support local arts and culture in Brisbane


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