TWO MORTALS AT LA MAMA - SIX SHOWS ONLY
Address: 205 Faraday Street Carlton, Melbourne
Date: 8-13 October
Ticket: Tues $15/$25 (Preview 8 Oct all tickets $15)
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With a desire to have conversations about mortality, theatre-makers Mike McEvoy and Rachael Dyson-McGregor went to meet the people who talk and think about it professionally. Those who work in churches, funeral parlours, palliative care, and even life preservation societies (cryonics). Blogs, You Tube videos and an old interview with Michael Jackson made their way into the work. The recorded interviews were edited and layered into a non-linear, thematic story. ‘I think the only thing worse than death, is the thought of wasting all your non-dead time obsessing over it’ Mortality is something we all contemplate. Often the conversation we have regarding this topic is with ourselves, or quietly to a trusted friend. The question raised at the beginning of this project was: ‘how can we talk about death, and if we could, would it enrich our lives... or not?’
In an attempt to illuminate one of the hardest topics, Two Mortals is a new theatre work that uses headphone verbatim and integrated sound composition to create a tapestry of voices, opinions and insights into how we face mortality. They used some non-dead time to do this. With input from Roslyn Oades, a pioneer of headphone verbatim in Australia (I’m Your Man), Kate Sulan (Rawcus), writer Dan Giovannoni, sound designer Chris Wenn, direction from Geoff Pinfield (Theatre Beating), production sound design and composition from musician Beatrice Lewis and lighting design by Bronwyn Pringle. Wearing earpieces and reciting an audio script, the actors dip in and out of characters whose words, breath, rhythm and vocal tone have been kept in tact. The result is a warm, humourous and moving exploration of mortality in many of its guises.
The audience will be entertained with stories of holding on, letting go, courage and wonder, and have the opportunity to contemplate that thing we try to avoid. The premiere season at La Mama is very short, just six days from Tuesday October 8 - Sunday October 13. Show times: Tues 8th (Preview), 7.30pm Weds 9th (Opening), 7.30pm Thur 10th, 7.30pm & 9.30pm Sat 11th & Sun 12th, 2pm (no show Fri). Tickets $25/$15. (Preview tickets all $15) Tickets through www.lamama.com.au Devised & Performed by Rachael Dyson-McGregor & Mike McEvoy Sound Design: Beatrice Lewis Director: Geoff Pinfield Lighting Design: Bronwyn Pringle Creative Collaborators: Dan Giovannoni, Roslyn Oades, Kate Sulan & Chris Wenn