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 in Die! Die! Die! Old People Die! from 20 November 2018.
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.
“A masterful and brilliantly executed piece, this show pulls on our heartstrings as it takes us from tears of sadness to joyous laughter as we observe the tragi-comedy of old age.” – Fringe Review
Creators & Performers: Jon Haynes, David Woods Lighting Designer: Richard Vabre Set & Costume Design: Romanie Harper Sound Designer: Marco Cher-Gibard Producer: Erin Milne – Bureau of Works
Die! Die! Die! Old People Die!
Arts House, 521 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne
Season: 20 – 25 November 2018
Information and Bookings: www.artshouse.com.au
Image: David Woods and Jon Haynes feature in Die! Die! Die! Old People Die! – photo by Bryony Jackson