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It really is an honour to be here tonight to see what – not one of our greatest writers, just yet – but certainly one of our most emerging writers, has in store for us.
Zoey Dawson has written a play. She would describe it as beautiful and tender. And sad and funny. And also really clever, and really honest, and really raw and emotional. It’s about a break-up – but it’s not just a breakup play. It’s got lots of others layers to it. Yeah. Layers. It’s, like... It’s a really good play. She hopes you like it. A lot.
“Zoey Dawson doesn’t break the rule so much as bludgeon it to death and take liberties with the corpse” THE AGE / â˜…â˜…â˜…â˜…
"Fiendishly clever, sidesplittingly funny, unlike anything I've ever seen before" TIME OUT SYDNEY/ â˜…â˜…â˜…â˜…1/2
"Zoey Dawson's writing is full of witâ€¦ exceptional skill and attention to detail." DAILY REVIEW/â˜…â˜…â˜…â˜…
“Hot. Sad. Tender. Clever. Emotional. That’s how the playwright describes it.” TIMEOUT CRITICS CHOICE / â˜…â˜…â˜…â˜…
“The best piece of theatre I have seen in years...go and see this play, don’t miss itâ€¦This most marvellous piece of theatre epitomises everything I love about the form.. instantly classic.” THEATREPEOPLE / â˜…â˜…â˜…â˜…â˜…
“clever, wittyâ€¦ uniqueâ€¦refreshingly honestâ€¦very,very cleverâ€¦ hilariousâ€¦writing is funny, poignant, reflectiveâ€¦hones in so precisely and poetically on emotionâ€¦ exceptional performancesâ€¦moved, truly movedâ€¦Not to be missed this Fringe.” AUSTRALIAN STAGE ONLINE / â˜…â˜…â˜…â˜…
“raw, clever, deceptive, meta and keeps you constantly guessing.” THEMUSIC.COM.AU / â˜…â˜…â˜…â˜…
”meta-fiction at its cunning bestâ€¦ a clever piece of theatreâ€¦.A sneaky play in the very best of ways” BRISBANE TIMES
“like watching a friend get really drunk and embarrass herself. You don’t really want to watch, but you do anyway, because you can’t quite believe things could turn so bad.” THE GUARDIAN
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Female | 20s | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 17
EXTRACT: I sleep with the lights on. I say goodbye instead of hello, accidentally. I think Iâ€™ve said something. But I havenâ€™t said anything. Iâ€™ve done the opposite of something. Iâ€™ve done less than something. Iâ€™ve done nothing. Iâ€™veâ€¦ Iâ€™m nothing wrong. Iâ€™ve done nothing wrong. I never. I never. (She canâ€™t finish) This bit is really hard to achieve without the proper staging. Griffin wouldnâ€™t give us enough money, but what I really want to happen in this bit is that gold glitter will start to rain down from the sky.
Female | Unspecified | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 25
EXTRACT: I am alone. I am in the middle of a road. I am very scared. I take a very small step forward. Then I take a very small step back. I get into bed and I watch some computer. I eat some fridge. I dream of waking up and getting ready for work. Wouldnâ€™t that be lovely? I sleep with the lights on. I say goodbye instead of hello, accidentally. I think Iâ€™ve said something. But I havenâ€™t said anything. Iâ€™ve done the opposite of something. Iâ€™ve done less than something. Iâ€™ve done nothing.