By award winning playwright Rebecca Lister

Directed by Hallie Shellam

I jolt awake at 2:20am every morning, heart thumping, pulse racing...2:20am. It’s always 2:20am”.  


★★★★ 2:20AM is important theatre…a beautifully powerful new work…

 …characters who carry the subject with incredible warmth and depth…individually these are terrific actors, but together, as an ensemble, they are outstanding…each scene rings true……each scene is restrained in its emotion, there is nothing forced, nothing contrived…there are many terrific moments

 …a beautifully crafted piece on such a sensitive and often silent subject.…

- Theatre People

Lister's exploration…never has its audience feeling overwhelmed with dread and grief. Despite the seriousness of the issue, there are lovely, light-hearted moments littered throughout the show…

With its heartfelt humour and honest writing, Lister has produced a thoughtful and touching reflection on how the living keep on going after those closest to them have ended their lives. 2:20AM lingers in your mind but not in a dark and heavy way. It's more a reinforcement and reminder to be aware of the people in your life and to make sure they know you care. 

- My Melbourne Arts

  (L to R), Joanne Davis as Trish, Zoe Ellerton-Ashley as Emma, Izabella Yena as Stella, Michael Treloar as Dave. Image: Kim Landy

(L to R), Joanne Davis as Trish, Zoe Ellerton-Ashley as Emma, Izabella Yena as Stella, Michael Treloar as Dave. Image: Kim Landy

Four ordinary people, all bereaved by suicide, meet as strangers at a creative writing class and are forced into a reluctant bond. Together they grieve, laugh, behave badly, and reveal far more about themselves than they bargained for...

Starring Joanne Davis, Zoe Ellerton Ashley, Michael Treloar, and Izabella Yena, 2:20AM is a contemporary drama that directly tackles the subject of suicide with truth and humour, and pulses with the credibility of lived experience. 

 2:20AM is produced by Anvil Productions, Jesuit Social Services and Support after Suicide.  This project is proudly supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and City of Yarra.

Sound Design:  Darius Kedros.  Lighting Design: Megz Evans  Stage Manager:  Genevieve Davidson  Dramaturg:  Mari Lourey  

Publicity:  Eleanor Howlett (Sassy Red PR)  Design: Sam Gowing  Design Consultant: Kat Chan

(September 2018 Season - Richmond Theatrette)


Anvil Productions Inc. is a partnership between artists Joanne Davis and Rebecca Lister.  The company is committed to creating new works across many genres.