"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 and it’s her big night, however real life rivalries and resentments are sending things way, way off-script. But nothing’s going to stop her putting on one hell of a show.

The Unspoken Word is Joe is a biting meta-satire of Australian theatre which Zoey would describe as dramatic and beautiful. And tender. And also really clever. She wrote it as a way of dealing with a really bad break-up – but it’s not just a break-up play. It’s about love, and loss. It’s about life.  It’s a really, really good play. It’s a portrait of a woman desperate for the approval of her peers. You should totally see it.

Following critically acclaimed, sold-out seasons at Melbourne Fringe and Brisbane Festival, The Unspoken Word is Joe is written by Zoey Dawson and directed by Declan Greene.

Produced by MKA: Theatre of New Writing


Cast & Creatives

Director Declan Greene
Designer Eugyeene Teh
Lighting Designer Romanie Harper
Sound Designer Martin Kay
Producers Corey Reynolds & John Kachoyan
Production Manager Ketura Budd
Stage Manager Gina Bianco
With Natasha Herbert, Matt Hickey, Annie Last, Aaron Orzech, Nikki Shiels

Performance Times

Previews 21 – 22 January
Season 24 January – 7 February

Monday – Saturday 7pm
Saturday 7 February 2pm and 7pm

Approx 80mins (no interval)


Trailer, The Unspoken Word is ‘Joe’


“fiendishly clever, side-splittingly funny and quite unlike anything I’ve seen before.” ★★★★ Time Out 

“…incredibly clever and way funny and the actors are brilliant.” Stage Noise

“Joe’s blend of deadpan observation and full-blown hysteria makes for an entertaining and unpredictable hour of theatre that takes pleasure in messing with your mind to the end.” Sydney Morning Herald

“extreme, raw, confronting, explosive…”Sydney Arts Guide

Melbourne reviews:

“Zoey Dawson doesn’t break the rule so much as bludgeon it to death and take liberties with the corpse…” ★★★★ The Age  

“Hot. Sad. Tender. Clever. Emotional. That’s how the playwright describes it.” ★★★★ Time Out

“The Unpoken Word is Joe is just the cat’s pyjama… I look forward to seeing that last sentence fragment, out of context,” ★★★★ 1/2 ArtsHub

 the best piece of theatre I have seen in years...go and see this play, don’t miss it…This most marvellous piece of theatre epitomises everything I love about the form.. instantly classic.”★★★★★ Theatre People

clever, witty… unique…refreshingly honest…very,very clever… hilarious…writing is funny, poignant, reflective…hones in so precisely and poetically on emotion…  exceptional performances…moved, truly moved…” Australian Stage Online

” meta-fiction at its cunning best… a clever piece of theatre….A sneaky play in the very best of ways” Brisbane Times

“raw, clever, deceptive, meta and keeps you constantly guessing.” TheMusic.com.au

“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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