Studio Season

Working With Children

by Nicola Gunn

5 September — 29 September 2018

Southbank Theatre, The Lawler

From one of Australia’s most acclaimed independent and radical theatre-makers, Nicola Gunn, comes the world premiere production Working with Children. Part performance, part visual metaphor, this inventive solo piece explores the moral and ethical minefield of working with children, and the relationship between language and the (sexualised) body.

Approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. No interval. Please note, latecomers will not be permitted into the performance once the show has commenced.

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Nicola Gunn

Nicola Gunn

Concept, Text, Direction, Design & Performance

Pol Heyvaert

Pol Heyvaert

Artistic Associate

Nick Roux

Nick Roux

AV and Spatial Design

Kelly Ryall

Kelly Ryall

Music and Sound Design


Eugyeene Teh

Costume Design and Co-Set Realisation


Bosco Shaw

Lighting and Spatial Design

Jon Haynes

Jon Haynes

Script Dramaturg

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Through a series of vignettes, thoughts and recollections, Gunn (Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster, Green Screen) uses her distinctive humour and fierce social critique to challenge our preconceived ideas of what is appropriate for children, in a collaboration with Pol Heyvaert from internationally renowned Belgian company CAMPO.

This bewildering, bold and provocative performance piece is guaranteed to spark debate. It asks us to imagine a woman who works with children, but has a secret she’s incredibly ashamed of. Now, imagine a man who works with children, but says and does things in private he wouldn’t want to be made public. Fortunately, there are regulations in place to protect children from dark emotions and the vulnerability of reality.

An MTC NEON NEXT commission. Supported by CAMPO. 

You can also download a copy of the show programme for Working With Children before you head to the theatre, and a range of other information about the show – from interviews to podcasts – can be found throughout the season here at



  • Wheelchair Accessible

  • Hearing Assistance