7pm, Tue 20 Nov
7pm, Wed 21 Nov
7pm, Thurs 22 Nov
7pm, Fri 23 Nov
7pm, Sat 24 Nov with post-show discussion
4pm, Sun 25 Nov
$35 / $30 / $25
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
This Wonderful Life, Sat 24 Nov
This Wonderful Life is a discussion following the Saturday 24th performance on some of the themes that have informed the play – age, death-phobia, elderhood, validity and the good life. With speakers Victoria Spence; Martin Williams and David Woods and Jon Haynes.
Auslan Interpreted – 7pm, Fri 23 Nov
Flagship UK theatre company, Ridiculusmus (The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland; Give Me Your Love), returns to Arts House to reclaim humankind’s last taboo from its imminent eradication. Die! Die! Die! Old People Die! is a simple but paper-fine portrait of a timeless trio: a love triangle cursed to eternal life without eternal youth, in an age where death and the forgotten art of grieving have been medicalised out of existence.
Indie theatre legends, David Woods and Jon Haynes project into 120-year-old versions of themselves in a seriously funny work about hanging on, dying and grieving, played at 33rpm. Amid fumbling, daily rounds of coffee, call centres and cat food, their rants, dribbles, pills and cough bombs litter an ambling blend of symbolist mysticism and synesthesia that has the fear of an ageing population in its sights and oozes with the positivity of elderhood and good deaths.
“Extremely funny and often heartbreaking…both seriously thought-provoking and seriously funny theatre.” Exeunt, on The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland
Creators & Performers:
Jon Haynes, David Woods
Set & Costume Design:
Erin Milne, Bureau of Works
Supported by – Die! Die! Die! Old People Die! is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body; Arts Council England; Battersea Arts Centre; Bureau of Works; The Albany; Wellcome Trust; and the City of Melbourne through Arts House. It was developed through CultureLAB.
Image by – Bryony Jackson