An intimate portrayal of artist Joy Hester, told through shadows, hand written letters and movement.

Dear Sun, Love, Joy is an experimental play based on the letters of Australian artist and Heide Circle member, Joy Hester, to Sunday Reed, her patron, best friend, confidante, and rival. The play is part biography and part philosophical meditation on the meaning of relationships and words. It also explores themes of isolation, loneliness, love, and illness.

Dear Sun is a non-linear story, at times it seems made up of fragments that may come from real life, memory or imagination. Visually, the play incorporates shadows, taking inspiration from wayang (Javanese shadow puppetry), and Javanese traditional dance.

Content Warnings: Terminal Illness, mention of suicide, domestic abuse, and there will be a full blackout in one scene of the play.

Director/Writer – Victoria Winata (She/Her)

Movement Director/Choreographer – Acacia Nettleton (She/They)


Joy Hester –  Jessica Tran (She/Her)

Sunday Reed –  Fahira Syifa Machfudz (She/Her)

John Reed  –   Joshua Mackie (He/Him)

Albert Tucker/ Gray Smith – Lionel Eisenbruch (He/Him)

Sidney Nolan – James Madsen-Smith (He/Him)

Production Designer: Bronte Sunners (They/them)

Lighting – Joanna Wijaya (She/Her)

Sound – Cole McKenna (He/Him)

Publicity Officer: Jessica Fanwong (She/her)

Image by Jessica Fanwong

Access Information:

Visual rating 50%: Events are partly subtitled or include dialogue, background music and/or sounds, so d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences can have some engagement with the event.

Aural Rating 50%: Has both sound and visual components, but sight isn’t essential to be able to engage with the event.