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Witness Zoey Dawson’s meta-theatrical black comedy of a young playwright who questions her writing abilities and struggles to balance her life.


Conviction is a meta-theatrical black comedy by rising star Zoey Dawson; a theatre maker and screenwriter based in Naarm/Melbourne on the lands of the Kulin nation.

Her work has been staged at some of the country’s most exciting venues including Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne Theatre Company and Griffin Theatre Company, and Conviction marks her Metro Arts debut.

The play is set in a messy lounge room in Brunswick East where a young woman starts to write Australia’s next ‘instant classic’. But when she doubts every word she places on the page, how can her play possibly make a difference?


Conviction is presented by The Hive Collective, a new theatre collective led by Artistic Directors Heather Fairbairn, Heidi Manché and Kate Wild. Individually, the three directors have impressive CVs, so their coming-together is like an Avengers assembly of sorts.

Kate Wild directs, with a fierce female creative team that includes design by Sarah Winter, lighting by Christine Felmingham and sound by Anna Whitaker.

It’s performed by a killer cast too, including local legend Emily Burton (who received rave reviews for La Boite’s Naked & Screaming earlier this year), Luisa Prosser, Kevin Spink and Jeremiah Wray.


Conviction takes place at Metro Arts’ sparkling new home at West Village in the heart of West End. If you’ve not ventured there yet, Conviction is your time to do it – it’s a state-of-the-art new theatre in a bustling creative precinct with West End’s best bars and restaurants a stone’s throw away. Make a night of it!

Conviction plays at Metro Arts, 17 – 27 March 2021.