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Theatre Works proudly presents

The Human Voice

By Jean Cocteau | Directed by Briony Dunn

4 - 14 May 2022

Witness a tour de force performance in Cocteau’s triumphant one-woman play.

A woman lies on the floor of an abandoned apartment. A telephone rings beside her. Will this be her last chance to speak to an ex-lover?

Awakening from limbo she holds the receiver to her temple. She must look after the man she loves, even if it wreaks havoc on her body. What must she do? How must she act? What will it take to break the cycle she finds herself in?

A play about control over a woman’s past, present and future and playing as a part of the 2022 Theatre Works season, theatre lovers are invited to witness a masterpiece performance by renowned actor Jane Montgomery Griffiths. Complete with a compelling, original translation of the play Jean Cocteau believed was impossible to perform, this superb addition to the Melbourne Arts Calendar is not to be missed.

One of Australia’s longest-running independent theatres, Theatre Works is constantly reinvigorating and reimagining the sector by providing a hotbed for artist and audience development. They strive to champion artists and work that embrace difference and celebrate risk, working to provide a platform for marginalised conversations and voices. The Human Voice will be first inhouse Theatre Works produced season with the 2022 evolution of the organisation.

This production is proudly supported by Creative Victoria, City of Port Phillip, RISE Fund and the Besen Foundation.


Theatre Works
14 Acland Street, St Kilda


75 Minutes


Suicide and Adult Themes | Themes of Violence Against Women


Wed 4 May, 7:30pm - Preview Performance
Thu 5 May, 7:30pm - Preview Performance
Fri 6 May, 7:30pm - Opening Night
Sat 7 May, 7:30pm
Tue 10 May, 7:30pm
Wed 11 May, 7:30pm
Thu 12 May, 7:30pm - Post-Show Q&A
Fri 13 May, 7:30pm
Sat 14 May, 7:30pm

Written by
Jean Cocteau
Translation and dramaturgy by
Iris Gaillard
Directed By
Briony Dunn
Performed By
Jane Montgomery Griffiths
Lighting Design
by Niklas Pajanti
Sound Design by
Darrin Verhagen
Costume and Set Design by
Hahnie Goldfinch
Laura May Grogan
Publicity by
Sassy Red PR


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