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The Director

Lara Thoms

Presented in Season 2 2018

World Premiere

8pm, Wed 21 Nov
8pm, Thurs 22 Nov
8pm, Fri 23 Nov
8pm, Sat 24 Nov
5pm, Sun 25 Nov
8pm, Wed 28 Nov

8pm, Thurs 29 Nov
8pm, Fri 30 Nov
8pm, Sat 1 Dec
5pm, Sun 2 Dec
70 mins
$35 / $30 / $25

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

Show Program:
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Content on death or dying


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Wheelchair accessible
Auslan performance – 8pm, Sat 1 Dec

The Director is a bold new performance starring charismatic ex-funeral director of 21 years, Scott Turnbull, and artist Lara Thoms. Taking up a universal experience and taboo topic, Turnbull and Thoms demystify, expose and expand elements of the death industry, using humour and first-hand knowledge to dig a little deeper on what happens after we go. Nothing is off limits, including the smell of a crematorium, the tools of the mortuary, and driving tractors into a funeral chapel. At a time when dying costs an average of $10,000 and funerals happen within a week, death can seem like a very expensive drive-thru meal.

Blurring the roles of funeral director and theatre director, Thoms and Turnbull ask each other to perform tasks, share knowledge and give feedback on each other’s actions. Balancing macabre reality, playfulness and the tragic elements of death, the result is a spiky, funny and invigorating performance.

“A sharp and subversive lens on the adult world… Passionate and political, affecting and entertaining.” The Age, on We All Know What’s Happening

Lara Thoms, Scott Turnbull, Aaron Orzech, Lz Dunn
Lara Thoms, Scott Turnbull

Katie Sfetkidis
Kenneth Pennington

Supported by – The Director is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body; and the City of Melbourne through Arts House.
Image by – Bryony Jackson