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Literary theory may seem harmless, but mix it with the impish personality of Danny, a precocious high school student, and the result is not deconstruction but sheer devastation. When a certain controversial book falls into his hands, it’s time to create his own provocative meta-narrative. As his actions send the school into chaos, he learns that, although the author is dead and meaning lacks foundation, the real world has no time for irony.
Set against a backdrop of staffroom politics, The Joy of Text is a bitingly intelligent comedy on the nature of satire, the subjectivity of truth and the knife edge of student-teacher relations.
"(Robert Reid’s) mainstage debut is notable for its discipline, careful construction, unforced characterisation and Aaron Sorkin-like velocity and wit" - The Australian
"Makes for an enjoyable piece of satire" - Theatre People
“Far and away the stand-out MTC production of the year to date, and, truly, the principal joy of it is the text.” - Timeout
“Reid’s play is often brilliant, very funny with a deft theatrical wit.” - Alison Croggon
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Tom Healey in conversation with Robert Reid about The Joy of Text:
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PDF Download (426KB) Media Release for production of 'The Joy of Text' by Robert Reid, production by the Melbourne Theatre Company, 2011.
"â€˜I was attracted to the scandal that happened around Helen Demidenko-slash-Darvilleâ€™s identity and certain parallels with the sexual harassment scandal that Helen Garner was investigating at Ormond College,â€™ he says. â€˜I got to thinking: What if the two events were part of the same event? In common youth parlance, I created a mash-up.â€™
PDF Download (1.6MB) Program for La Mama production of 'The Joy of Text' by Robert Reid.
Robert Reid talks to Australian Stage's Paul Andrew.
"Unashamedly intelligent, the play engages with semantics, post-modernism, deconstructionism and morality without patronising either the audience or its characters. Intellectual without being high-flown, accessible and challenging, this work is comical, timely and a whole heap of fun."
"This is far and away the stand-out MTC production of the year to date, and, truly, the principal joy of it is the text."
"A 300-student state secondary school is the setting for this sordid but endearing tale of teachers accused of having sex with their students."
"True to its titillating title, The Joy of Text manages to link literary theory with sex. Melbourne playwright Robert Reid explains how he wrote a play that makes thinking about text sexy."