by Zoey Dawson
Photo: Pia Johnson

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by Zoey Dawson

On the desperate shores of colonial Australia, two convict women disguise themselves as free settlers. They are hoping for another chance at life. But the arrival of a sinister redcoat sees their plans give way to terror and treachery...

In the messy lounge room of an inner-city sharehouse, a young woman attempts to write a play - a play that will make her famous and important. But as the day wears on and her self-doubt grows, we dissolve into the terrifying world of her imagination...

Originally commissioned and co-produced as part of Darebin Arts Speakeasy 2016, conviction reunites the team behind the award-winning The Unspoken Word is “Joe” (LaMama, Griffin Theatre, Brisbane Festival)

A caustically funny examination of contemporary feminism and self-authorship, conviction is a play un-writing itself (and the authority of traditional drama) before our very eyes.

A raw, funny and utterly inimitable brand of meta-theatre…
Dawson speaks to the bleaker aspects of our time with a fresh voice.

★★★★ THE AGE

This work is generous, provocative, urgent, entertaining, and mind-bendingly clever.

★★★★1/2 ARTSHUB

Unsettling and outstanding… A brazen up-yours.

Tone-perfect control in the chaos… So personal, it becomes universal

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Green Room Awards - Best New Writing (2017 nominee)

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