Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes

6 March — 1 April 2021

Southbank Theatre, The Sumner

In this Australian premiere production, Dan Spielman and Izabella Yena embody Hannah Moscovitch’s whipsmart #MeToo-era take on the archetypal student–teacher romance.

Approximately 75 minutes without an interval

The maximum audience capacity for Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes will be as per government guidelines at the time of each performance. The auditorium will be divided into four separate quadrants by aisles, but seating will not be socially distanced for this production.

Please note that audiences will be required to wear a mask during their visit to Southbank Theatre. Learn more here.

Event Passed
This is rated 4 out of 5 stars

'a charged two-hander that burrows into the systemic power imbalances that gave rise to the #MeToo movement'

Time Out Melbourne
This is rated 4 out of 5 stars

'Yena and Spielman are on fire'

Limelight Magazine
This is rated 0 out of 5 stars

'This play is a deeply intelligent and ultimately devastating picture of erasure.'

The Saturday Paper
This is rated 4 out of 5 stars

'Powerfully prescient'

This is rated 4 out of 5 stars

'There’s more to this story than meets the eye'

Theatre People


Award-winning Canadian playwright Hannah Moscovitch has set the international theatre scene alight with her fiery wit and incisive ability to tackle complex subjects with humour and intelligence. In this Australian premiere production, Dan Spielman (Photograph 51) and Izabella Yena (Home, I'm Darling) embody Moscovitch's whipsmart #MeToo-era take on the archetypal student–teacher romance.

Jon is a prize-winning novelist who wants more out of life. His third marriage is going about as well as his first two, and he’s stuck at university teaching creative writing to lazy undergraduates. He’s a good teacher, but believes there’s really only one student worth his time.

Annie is clever, imaginative, and a huge fan of Jon's work. One afternoon, Jon catches himself admiring Annie in her red coat, and very soon it feels like their affair was destined from the start. But when the embers have cooled and the affair is over, who will control their narrative?

Helmed by MTC Associate Director Petra Kalive (Hungry Ghosts), this captivating drama is a timely exploration of power, truth and desire.

Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes was commissioned by Tarragon Theatre, Toronto, Canada.

Photo by Jo Duck


  • Wheelchair Accessible

  • Hearing Assistance

  • Audio Described

  • Open Captioning

Performance Type Performance Date(s)
Audio Described
by Vision Australia
Saturday 27 March at 2pm
Tuesday 30 March at 6.30pm
Open Captioning
via screen
Saturday 27 March at 2pm
Dan Spielman

Dan Spielman


Artwork for Izabella Yena

Izabella Yena


Petra Kalive

Petra Kalive



Marg Horwell

Set & Costume Designer


Rachel Burke

Lighting Designer


Darius Kedros

Composer & Sound Designer

Artwork for Isabella Vadiveloo

Isabella Vadiveloo

Assistant Director

Michala Banas

Michala Banas

Intimacy Coordinator

Artwork for Xanthe Beesley

Xanthe Beesley

Movement Consultant

Artwork for Myfanwy Hocking

Myfanwy Hocking

Annie (Standby Cover)

Artwork for Liam Maguire

Liam Maguire

Jon (Standby Cover)

Learn more about the show

The Sumner

140 Southbank Boulevard

Southbank, Victoria 3006