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Directed by Hailey McQueen


Harry and Max weren’t satisfied with their first attempt at parenthood, so they’re giving it a second go.

Only this time they’ve got a 30-day money-back guarantee and an easy-to-follow construction manual. They’re certain, as long as they follow it step-by-step, this kid's going to be perfect.

And if it's not, they have plenty of options available to them…


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Following on from a sell-out run of our first creative venture, we founded Clock and Spiel Productions in 2017.


We produce and pioneer new and existing works that are distinctive, culturally daring, and truly human.


We want to champion, stage, develop and invest in dramatic works that showcase the guts of the human existential experience. Our desire is to nurture and connect deeply with both artists and audiences in the process and the product.


The Screwtape Letters, C.S Lewis
(Seymour Centre, Canberra Arts Centre,
Chapel Off Chapel Melbourne)

Mr Foot, Michael Frayn
(Bondi Feast)

Hell Hole, Jo Kadlecek
(Brand X Sydney)

Freud’s Last Session, Mark St. Germain
(Seymour Centre, Riverside Theatres)

Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka
(Chippen Street Theatre)

Wit, Margaret Edson
(Seymour Centre)

Molly Sweeney, Brian Friel
(Flight Path Theatre)


Instructions for Correct Assembly written by the incomparable Thomas Eccleshare premiered at London’s Royal Court theatre in 2018.  This Sydney production will be its Australian premiere as part of the KXT 2023 Season and we will be working closely with Thomas to Australianise the play.


Thematically it touches on the often arbitrary line between what we deem acceptable and unacceptable in polite society; our desire to control our environments and those closest to us. It shines a light on our contemporary obsession with the promises of technology to remove all of life’s discomfort and dissatisfaction; our perfectionism and expectations in family dynamics; and our growing need for intimacy in an increasingly individualistic society. In short, can we ever truly love someone we can’t control, and does unconditional love ever really come with no strings attached?


Thomas Eccleshare gives us a pretty sardonic commentary on parenthood as the foundation for this idea of ‘unconditional love’; it examines our humanity and pits our need for convenience against our need for intimacy and the results - in this dystopian tale - are surprising... or are they?

21st-century life has produced several generations that might bemoan the prioritising of virtual reality above the ‘IRL’ experience… but seeing that we can’t lurch back to the past, what does this mean for a species that exists to know love and to be loved? Instructions suggests that there may well be a wisdom in harnessing every form of human connection - even digital connection - that’s what will make this idea of a “flat-pack son” comedic, ridiculous, and unsettling for our audience as they grapple with these things in the moment.


We intend to use the wryness of this honest and confronting play to illuminate how we often try to mask our deep regret and human pain with distractions, newness, innovation, and a sort of ‘counterfeit perfection’ that often then unravels in spectacular (though unsurprising) form. This play is a great vehicle for picking at the stitches of the utilitarian approach our society has around the ethics of social and communal life which can often feel is all sewn up and beyond discussion. 


Much of our previous work to date has been classical and cerebral in nature and an immensely edifying experience for our audiences and creative teams alike. With IFCA, we are excited to explore these themes - the guts of the human existential experience - in this curious, contemporary, and candidly coarse play.


Bump in/Production Week:

Preview 1: 

Preview 2:

Preview 3:

Preview 4:

Opening Night:


Closing Night:

Bump out:

13th November - 2nd December, 2023

Monday, 13th - Thursday, 16th November

Friday, 17th November, 7:30 PM

Saturday, 18th November, 7:30 PM

Sunday, 19th November, 5:00 PM

Tuesday, 21st November, 7:30 PM

Wednesday, 22nd November, 7:30 PM

Tuesday - Saturday, 7:30 PM, Sunday, 5:00 PM

Saturday, 2nd December, 7:30 PM

Sunday, 3rd December


Max (Female identifying) 45-65 age range

Hari (Male identifying) 45-65 age range

Jån/Nick (Male identifying) 19-30 age range

Laurie (Female identifying) 45-65 age range

Paul (Male identifying) 45-65 age range

Amy (Female identifying) 19-30 age range


Combined fee and profit-share arrangement. 

Clock and Spiel Productions will take the first 20% share of the net profit and the rest will be distributed in equal shares across crew and cast. Our preferred rehearsal times are weekdays - a combination of working hours and after-hours


- 5-week rehearsal period
(approx. 70-80 hours total)

- 1 week Production week
starting Monday 13th November

- 3-week Performance Season


- 5-week rehearsal period
(approx. 40-50 hours total)
1 week Production week
starting Monday 13th November

- 3-week Performance Season


The initial round of auditions will be completed using self-tape.
Call-back auditions will be held in person.

Your filmed audition should include:

  • A very brief self-introduction, including your name and the role you would like to be considered for.

  • A brief introduction to your chosen audition piece

  • An excerpt/scene of your choice from the script (2 minute maximum). Perform your self-tape in your natural accent.

Your email should:

  • Include an up-to-date headshot and cv

  • Indicate which role/roles you are interested in

  • Indicate your rehearsal availability (days and/or evenings)

  • Indicate if you have any movement, singing, or music experience

  • Include a link to your audition as an unlisted YouTube video. 

Your email and video audition link should be sent to:

Thursday, 9th March 2023.


Location TBA

Thursday, 30th March

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