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

Writer: Rebecca Lister

Director: Hallie Shellam

Cast: Joanne Davis, Zoe Ellerton Ashley, Michael Treloar, & Izabella Yena.

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

Produced by Anvil Productions in partnership with Jesuit Social Services & Support after Suicide.

The 2018 Melbourne season at Richmond Theatrette was proudly supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and the City of Yarra.

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New Sculptures by Geoff Bonney
New Sculptures by Geoff Bonney

Presented by Anvil Studio:

Carved & Painted wooden sculptures of men and women from small to tall.

'... they wear the detritus of being human with a formidable presence. Grotesque, ridiculous, vain, dignified; we find ourselves exposed in these sculptures.'

Influenced by indigenous Aboriginal wood carvers, primitive African sculptures, Picasso and Paul Klee ... with a lot of Bonney humour thrown in.

Geoff Bonney has spent 50 years working as a visual artist in Australia, United Kingdom, USA, Spain and Morocco. HIs work is represented in public collections in Australia & Internationally, and in private collections throughout the world.

‘The unequivocal artistry, dexterity and inventiveness of these sculptures denote certain core values of the artist and candid themes which suggest that fads don’t dictate his work’ Columbia Winterton, North West Melbourne News


Geoff Bonney Website

IDentity Short Film Project
IDentity Short Film Project

In Jan/Feb 2017 Anvil Productions collaborated with Short Black Films and young people from Mount Isa to develop the IDentity Short Film Project and Festival.

Watch the films below

Yuki Man

Deckers Trail

Man About Town

This is my life

Adventure Bound

Actors Play

You can change yourself



An evening salon of film, art & performance.

Cinema expanded as art and performance, reflected in the glow of the screen.


Concept by Joanne Davis

Artists: Joanne Davis, Sarah Lloyd, Erin McCuskey, Mark Pedersen, Justin Batchelor & Brigid Burke

Presented by Anvil Productions in collaboration with: Yum Studios, Batchedit, seensound & Chailight Productions


Click here to view images, video and additional information about HERE

A forbidding town, an unforgiving climate…a glimpse into the lives of three rurally isolated women all wrestling with the HERE of heart, mind and place.

Written by Rebecca Lister

Director and Dramaturge Terence Jaensch

Performed by Joanne Davis, Annie Lumsden and Donna Steven

Sound design – Michael Roper, Lighting design – Jessica Cornish, Set design – Robert Kelty

I really loved HERE…it seems rarer and rarer that you see work with aesthetic and conceptual integrity. The simplicity and humanity of the content and telling of the stories was really satisfying…I don't know anyone who wouldn't enjoy it…a beautiful show. Megan - audience member

HERE - bloody magnificent pieces, fabulous writing, and of course I love it because there were actual real live women being represented on the stage, too rare. Marianna - audience member

Really really enjoyed HERE, love the silences and the delicate connections across them, very subtle, but so effective. Penny, writer and audience member

Many thanks for a lovely piece of theatre last night. We were immersed in the world of those 3 women and their community right, from the start. Such an eloquent stripped back script…moving performances – each one of them with a different but compelling energy. This is what a night of theatre is meant to feel like. Jill & Robin - audience members

This project was supported by the City of Melbourne 2015 Arts Grants Program.

PHOTO: Pier Carthew

Betrayal in a Valentino Frock
Betrayal in a Valentino Frock

Red lipped haute couture, bursting at the seams.
A woman is cocooned in the veils she keeps. Or is she?
Does she watch from within or tangle & betray herself?

Concept by Joanne Davis

Created by Joanne Davis, Sarah Lloyd, Justin Batchelor, and Eve Klein

Debut Screening: Flooding in the Garden, Abbotsford Convent.



‘always entertaining, never didactic’ Shane Grant, Metanoia Theatre.

Do you suffer from resting bitch face? Do you know someone who does? Have you ever judged a woman as ‘stuck up, cold, or angry’ because of her resting features? Why are unsmiling women thought to be bitches? Why is there such societal obligation to conform and please others?

Concept by Rebecca Lister

A collaborative live art performance at Metanoia Theatre, featuring Joanne Davis, Cathy Hunt, Rebecca Lister & Cait Spiker.

'So arresting; the language, the form - in the round, where we, the audience, were so implicated in the work, because of course the concept of 'resting bitch face' is all about the viewer. I'd love to see where this could go' Hallie Shellam – actor, director, theatre maker.

Metanoia Theatre 2015



Am I Happy Yet?
Am I Happy Yet?

A poignant and humorous exploration of western society’s obsession with happiness and the consequent pathologising of sadness by Rebecca Lister, Joanne Davis and Sarah Lloyd.

In December of 2012 Lister, Davis and Lloyd worked together develop phase one of Am I Happy Yet? using an intensive ‘hothouse’ model in order to work quickly and under pressure to develop the first script. This script was then showcased to community members and industry peers.

What the audience said:

Challenging, got under your skin.

'It stayed in my head, on top of everything for a couple of days,, very strong'

Absolutely brilliant!

I feel “Normal”.

Emotionally engaging. Very real.

Supported by the City of Ballarat

IMAGE: Sarah Lloyd

Bits And Pieces
Bits And Pieces

How do we respond when a mother challenges the status quo and leaves her child?

Short Synopsis: Joy has decided to leave her husband and child. Her husband is shocked, her mother disbelieving and her sister sanctimonious. With comedy and pathos, Bits and Pieces explores four perspectives of one mother’s decision to leave. You’ll laugh, cry and relate.

Written By: Rebecca Lister

Directed By: Terry Jaensch

Performed by: Joanne Davis, Michael Treloar, Beverley Geldard and Rebecca Lister

Everybody has a mother, knows a mother or perhaps is a mother. How we are mothered is often seen as imperative to how we develop and see ourselves in the world. In most societies ‘mother’ is revered. Whilst many rejoice in their role as mother, for others it can produce great ambivalence.

Short Review: I found myself both moved and surprised by Bits and Pieces. The clever structuring of four monologues slowly & simultaneously weaves together and unravels a complex patchwork of story, character, psychology and emotion that radiates from one central action. Bits and Pieces is challenging, engaging, humorous, bleak, warm and shattering. Catherine Ryan, Playwright and Theatre Maker, January 2014

Supported by Mount Alexander Shire Council


Stories of those on the margins -  commissioned work for Jesuit Social Services annual dinner.

Written by Rebecca Lister, performed by Joanne Davis with video projection by Renata Botelho.

Videos from the production can be found at this link.

Supported by Jesuit Social Services

Foxholes of the Mind
Foxholes of the Mind

by Bernard Clancy

Frank is a war veteran. He's an angry, disturbed man dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. His long suffering wife, Trish has had a gutful. It's crunch time. Get help or get out!

‘A production of power and eloquence ... the most potent anti-war play I have seen. Ever.’ Colin Mockett, Entertainment Geelong

Directed by Wolf Heideker. Produced by Larrikin Theatre.

Cast: Joanne Davis, Peter Finlay, Victor Gralak, Maureen Hartley, David Lih & Adrian Mulraney.

Image: courtesy of Graham Hartley

Empty Chair
Empty Chair

Joanne Davis worked as dramaturge and drama coach on 'Empty Chair', in collaboration with Andrew McSweeney (Living Music). ‘Empty Chair’ was written & performed by Kensington Community Elders as part of the Victorian Seniors Festival.

‘beautifully crafted and poignant performance’ Pam Temby, Flemington Kensington News

Audience reviews:

'It felt so raw and real, I was really moved'

‘a show with a lot of heart and showed that everyone has a story, and an interesting one at that!’

'… so funny, and at times and I was close to tears'

Supported by the City Of Melbourne and Urban Communities