The Ninth Moon tells the story of a modern Mary and Joseph (Chloe and Dan) as they begin to construct a family. Aged 20, pregnant, runaways from violence and neglect, they have only love and hope to sustain them. This play charts the 9 moons of their pregnancy and sees a young couple taking their first steps into the adult world.

Here Keene's theme of the role of employment in society is examined in an inversion. It is the people Dan meets in his new job as a labourer who help to build their new family.

First performed as part of the 1999 Melbourne International Arts Festival at the Beckett Theatre (C.U.B. Malthouse), 16th - 31st October 1999

Director, Ariette Taylor; Designer, Adrienne Chisholm; Lighting, Shane Grant; Composer, David Chesworth; Stage Manager, Sally Michel.
Cast: Chloe Armstrong, Marco Chiappi, Robert Menzies, Stewart Morritt, Dan Spielman.

  • poetic drama
  • 130
  • 5 total
  • 1 female identifying, 4 male identifying
  • 16 to 18, 18+
  • young adult, adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Male | 20s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 5

EXTRACT: So I'm home one night because he keeps telling me I'm not home enough/Home enough for what? I ask him and he tells me not to get so fucking smart I can't help it I say I already am smart really? he says yeah really I say so he knocks me across the room/I stand up/He sits at the kitchen table and tells me to sit down as well/So I sit down/ He's looking at me across the table waiting for me to say something his eyes frozen in his head like ice cubes/

Adult themes, Adult language


Male | 20s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 24

EXTRACT: I'm a cunt actually you wouldn't think it would you? but no it's true I'm an utter cunt interesting word that when you think about it which is about every seven minutes for the average man but as a term of abuse it's got whiskers on it which is funny really when you think about it/ You don't have to think about it if you don't want to I haven't been that long out of school so I'm still bearing the scars if you know what I mean if you don't it doesn't matter/

Adult themes, Adult language


Male | 20s | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 50

EXTRACT: /I respect that I honour it I defend it and I ply my trade like anyone else does and the rewards of that plying are secondary to me/ I mean that/ But enough about me/ There are twenty six wars being fought on the face of the earth at the present moment there are millions of people dispossessed millions dead or suffering/ How many of these wars are just? all of them? or none?/ That's my question tonight/ The lines are open and I'm waiting for your calls/ Let's go to a break/

Adult themes


Male | 40s | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 50

EXTRACT: /and he can wish that he wasn't alone he can go out and stand on the street he can stand there on the empty street and wonder where will I go now?/ He might put on his best clothes and put all the money he has in his pocket and go somewhere where there's drink and other people and music and he might not feel so alone for a while/ And then he comes home and he lies down in his bed he lies down in the dark of his room and he wonders what's to become of me?

Adult themes


Male | 40s | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 74

EXTRACT: The reason he went right out on the mud flats was to see how the boots would fare you can't tell anything about a pair of boots walking around on the footpath you've got to get out in the muck/ Way out there on the mud flats it was like he was the only man on earth everything shone in the moonlight like fresh laid tar/ Billy was walking around out there when he saw his father/ His father was all alone just the ghost of him

Adult themes


Male | 50s | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 76

EXTRACT: I wished I hadn't had so much to drink there's a point where you stop drinking and you're happy enough or sad enough you can go home and eat your dinner and have a conversation or sit in front of the television and know what's what or you keep on drinking and you don't give a toss there might be hell to pay later but it doesn't matter to you you're getting drunk and in between the two there's no-man's-land you stop drinking but you're not happy and you're not sad you're nothing you're stuck you're fucked

Adult themes, Adult language


Daniel Keene's website, containing interviews, extracts, introductions and production histories.



Richard Murphet's survey of Melbourne's theatre scene in the early 2000s, in which he discusses the Keene/Taylor Theatre Project.


A brief history of 45 Downstairs, host to a number of productions included in the Keene/Taylor Theatre Project.


Keene Taylor Theatre Project : programs and related material collected by the National Library of Australia, accessible for research purposes.



Whilst discussing the 2008 production of ' Lower Depths' by Maxim Gorky, Director, Ariette Taylor and the Australian's Fiona Gruber reflect on the aesthetic influences of the Keene/Taylor project, in particular a furniture repository belonging to the Brotherhood of St Laurence that was a cornerstone of many Keene/Taylor productions.



"For the first time I can remember, Daniel Keene has two productions on at once in his home town... Since he lives in the same house as I do, I sneakily exploited our proximity to ask him some questions. And, eventually, he answered them."

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