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Joey: The Mechanical Boy

17 - 22 November 2014 // 7pm

PREVIEW Mon 17 November 2014
MEMBERS NIGHT Wed 19 November 2014
PRICE $15 - $25




The Nest Ensemble

Joey is 9½ years old.
Joey likes machines so much he wants to be one.
But sometimes Joey explodes…

Enter Dr Bruno Bettelheim: world-renowned child psychologist, Freudian, best-selling author, Holocaust survivor and Director of the School for Emotionally Disturbed Children and Adolescents at the University of Chicago. Dr B diagnoses Joey with autism and begins immediate treatment.

But does the diagnosis say more about the doctor than the patient? And what about Joey’s mother? What does she have to say about all this?

Based on an article published in Scientific American in 1959, Joey: the Mechanical Boy explores how personalities are made, destroyed and made again, and how sometimes imagination can be the best medicine.

The premiere of a new work by the award-winning Nest Ensemble (Eve, Winner – 2012 Member’s Choice Award, The Blue Room Theatre).


ON FOR ONE WEEK ONLY: Monday 17 to Saturday 22 November 2014

All shows 7pm plus a 4pm matinee performance on
Saturday 22 November 2014


Writers: Leah Mercer & Margi Brown Ash // Director: Leah Mercer // Designer: Tessa Darcey // Lighting Designer: Karen Cook // Sound Designer: Joe Lui // Stage Manager: Jessica Harlond-Kenny // Featuring: Philip Miolin, Margi Brown Ash


Media contact: Kimberley Fulton – Show Pony Media Management / / 0408 710 685