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Tamara Saulwick

Presented in Season 1 2015

Presented by Arts House, Tamara Saulwick and Insite Arts

7.30pm, Wed 13 May
7.30pm, Thu 14 May
7.30pm, Fri 15 May
2pm, Sat 16 May
7.30pm, Sat 16 May
5pm, Sun 17 May
60 mins

Arts House
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
North Melbourne


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Wheelchair Accessible

Adult concepts, strobe effects, smoke
Suitable for ages 14+



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Wheelchair Accessible

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Acclaimed performance maker Tamara Saulwick employs portable turntables, reel-to-reel tape players and live performance in a moving meditation on cycles and the ending of things. Featuring the voice of Paddy Mann (Grand Salvo), an electro-acoustic score by Peter Knight, and design by Ben Cobham, Endings explores the experiences – both ordinary and extraordinary – that cluster around death, dying and afterlife.

Endings is built, in part, from one-on-one interviews: real people’s stories, reflections and voices. Cut onto bespoke vinyl records, these voices are embedded in a richly textured sound design; operated, accompanied and extended through live performance and song.

Voices of the living emerge from the crackle of records turning, vintage reel-to-reels send tape loops around the space. Performers converse with recorded thoughts from the past…and a voice floats through this evocative sound-world, singing an ode to the recently departed…

“…extraordinary storytelling…Endings is an elegant,economical production…uplifting too, and comforting…”
-The Guardian

Concept, Text and Performance:
Tamara Saulwick
Sound Designer, Composition and Operation:
Peter Knight
Songwriter and Performer:
Paddy Mann
Set and Lighting Designer:
Ben Cobham (bluebottle)

Margaret Trail
Costume Designer:
Harriet Oxley
Technical Management, Audio Engineering and Operation:
Nick Roux
Production Manager:
Emily O’Brien
Freya Waterson (Insite Arts)

Supported by –Endings has been supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body; Besen Family Foundation; Arts Victoria; and the City of Melbourne through Arts House.
Image by – Jeff Busby