Currently in development
Scratch showings at The World Theatre Festival
Brisbane Power House
— Friday 22nd February, 6pm
— Saturday 23rd February, 2pm
— Sunday 24th February, 1pm
Tickets available now.
This show is about death: real death, fake death, and the Western theatrical Canon.
Oedipus Schmoedipus is an intentionally impossible task, an ambitious epic complied of all the death scenes ever written. These death scenes will be dismembered, catalogued in a computer database and reordered to establish new narratives, and a new theatre show: a collective manifesto on death.
We see Death and 'The Canon' as inextricably intertwined; 'live' performance, a 'dead' language, an actor's 'presence', or an author's legacy. In Oedipus Schmoedipus, the words, scenes and images of death are willfully destructed and cut into sentences and key phrases. Then these texts of the great 'immortals' are pieced back together along new lines of connection. Like fastidious decoupage artists or clever scrap-bookers, we recompile these existing words to form something new; a contemporary response to the greatest of mysteries: the afterlife.
The development of Oedipus Schmoedipus has been generously supported by Bundanon Trust, Performance Space, Belvoir St Theatre and Queen Street Studios.
post is supported by Managing and Producing Services NSW - a joint initiative supported by the Australia Council and Arts NSW.
For more information: Performing Lines
June-July 2012: Bundanon residency
August 2012: Performance Space residency