An exercise in distorted biography and a confessional torrent, Brian Lipson’s EDMUND. THE BEGINNING plays at Arts House at the North Melbourne Town Hall in a World Premiere season from 11 November 2015.
Brian Lipson summons a disordered array of characters from the impatient past and the murky present: some are familiar, some are famous, some are known only to Lipson – none are comfortable.
Fifteen years ago Lipson’s acclaimed solo show, A Large Attendance in the Antechamber won two Green Room Awards before touring for the next seven years extensively throughout Australia and to festivals in the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Lipson is now considerably older and considerably less wise – but he can still talk very fast.
EDMUND. THE BEGINNING is even more complex than its predecessor and each of its many characters is both a real person and an imaginary figure. But who imagines whom? Who is Whom? Who is Alive? Who is Dead? And Why? Literary giants, sirens, reprobates and infants cavort in existential quadrille. A few you will recognise, others you won’t. All will ring bells.
Since moving to Australia from the United Kingdom over seventeen years ago, Lipson has worked with Melbourne Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company and Belvoir; and many independent companies including The Family, Hayloft, Eleventh Hour, ICE, Stuck Pigs Squealing, Chunky Move and GoD Be IN MouTH.
Writer, Designer & Performer: Brian Lipson Director: Peter Evans Costume Designers: Brian Lipson and Mel Page Producer: Wendy Lasica
EDMUND. THE BEGINNING
North Melbourne Town Hall, 521 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne
Season: 11 – 22 November 2015 (preview: 10 November)
Bookings: (03) 9322 3713 or online at: www.artshouse.com.au
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Image: Brian Lipson – photo by Sarah Walker