The Maze – Melbourne Fringe

You’re outside a bar in North Melbourne. It’s cold, you’re wearing a scarf and a stranger gives you a pair of headphones to put on. There’s a woman at a tram stop and you’re told to follow her. You enter The Maze.

The Maze - Melbourne Fringe 2016. Image supplied
The Maze – Melbourne Fringe 2016. Image supplied

The Honeytrap have devised an outdoor theatre experience that shook me up. I was watching this woman at a tram stop. Within minutes there are men harassing her; getting her to take her headphones out and telling her she’s beautiful. Strangers and their microaggressions.

The woman decided not to wait for the tram and I followed her down one of North Melbourne’s back streets.

It’s hard to talk about what The Maze is because I suspect it will strike every participant in this one-audience-member-only show very differently. But as a man, who rarely worries about being on the street late at night, actually following a woman on the street is very confronting. I was in the experience but also worried about how it looked to other people.

The Maze is a vital piece of theatre; it’s timely and confronting and I cannot recommend it more highly. It’s sold out, but I hope it finds more streets to walk down safely soon.


Keith Gow

Keith Gow is an internationally-produced playwright, best known for Who Are You Supposed to Be (Edinburgh Fringe 2013, Melbourne Fringe 2014, Adelaide Fringe 2015). He is also co-writer of the upcoming supernatural drama series Sonnigsburg which will air on Channel 31. He blogs about his writing, film and theatre at

Keith Gow

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