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

  • dark comedy
  • 75
  • 4 total
  • 2 female identifying, 2 male identifying
  • 18+
  • adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Male | 30s | Unspecified
Starts on page 43

EXTRACT: 2: 1.26. 1.26. 1.26. 1.27. 1.28am. Pizza box. Congealed cheese. Crust. Plate. Coffee cup. Beer bottle. Wine glass. Ashtray. Timtams. Fingers. Arms. Legs. Pyjamas. Knees. Feet. Carpet. Wall. Wall. Wall. Laptop. Laptop screen. Blinking, empty laptop screen. What I had for breakfast. My relationship with my mother. The smell of vagina and feet. My last play, and the one before that, and the one I’ll never finish - the one that is not well received, that does not tour the world and wins no awards. The risk I didn’t take, the mistake I don’t learn from.



Arts Hub Review by GEORGIA SYMONS


Trailer for Conviction at DAREBIN ARTS SPEAKEASY - JULY 21 - AUGUST 6 2016

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