Code of Conduct

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Image by Matto Lucas

The premiere season of an award winning new Australian play that's both deeply personal and ripped-from-the-headlines

'Code of Conduct', winner of the 2022 Queer Playwriting Award, comes to Gasworks for Midsumma.

Paul is the new teacher on staff, and he’s expected to play by the rules – he’s signed the Code of Conduct after all. But everyone at the school has their own way of playing the game, including a student questioning their identity, and another teacher who keeps his cards close to his chest. When boundaries in and out of the classroom are crossed, relationships and identities within the school are set to explode, leaving it one wrong move away from making the papers.

Code of Conduct’ is a bold and thrilling new play that doesn’t shy away from asking the big questions about workplace discrimination, queer solidarity and intergenerational responsibility.

Green Room nominee Rory Godbold was praised for locating personal stories within political debates in his debut 'When the Light Leaves', which looked at issues of Voluntary Assisted Dying and coincided with Victoria legalising the practice. In this fresh new work, he continues this political engagement by lighting a match to the intersection of identity, education and politics. Visionary director Mark Wilson ('Bighouse Dreaming') brings his signature bold, immediate and arresting style to make 'Code of Conduct' the must-see theatre experience for Midsumma.

New performance on Friday 10th February 6pm added due to popular demand!


WRITTEN BY: Rory Godbold
DIRECTION: Mark Wilson
PRODUCTION: Lighting Design - Bronwyn Pringle, Set & Costume Design - Jessamine Moffett, Associate Artist / Cultural Consultant - Casper Plum & Charles O'Grady
CAST: Matthew Connell, Molly Holohan, Charles Purcell, Sarah Sutherland & Kurt Pimblett
IMAGE: Matto Lucas


"...moving and nuanced... a talented, emotionally honest dive into a tragic human situation"
— The Age on ‘When The Light Leaves’
"Poignant and persuasive... authentic and beautiful"
— Artshub on 'When The Light Leaves'

Code of Conduct is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, and by the City of Port Phillip through the Creative Development Fund.


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Wheelchair Access
Assistive Listening
Vision Rating less than 50%

Dates & Times

WHEN 7-11 Feb | Tue-Thu 8:30pm | Fri 6pm + 8:30pm | Sat 3:30pm + 8:30pm
DURATION 1hr 15m


OPENING $32.00
PREVIEW $27.00
FULL $32.00
CONC $28.00
GROUP $24.00 - (min 6)
COMPANION FREE - please email [email protected] to arrange


Gasworks Arts Park - Studio Theatre

21 Graham St, Albert Park

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1 to stop 31


236 to Graham/Pickles St | bus 606 to Bridport/Richardson St

Event notes


Premiere, New Work, Award Winning


Violence, Coarse language, Smoke/haze, Latecomer lockout (at 6 minutes), Depictions of transphobia and homophobia


Latecomers will be admitted after lockout, at usher's discretion. 

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