OEDIPUS SCHMOEDIPUS

4 Apr 2018

POST

 

DEATH: IT BELONGS TO EVERYONE.

 

Fed up with white men staging the deaths of white men in plays written by white men, the white ladies of post have pirated the classics to confront the great unknown.

Oedipus Schmoedipus is about death: real death, fake death, and the Western theatrical canon. It’s joyful and dark, stupid and smart, hilarious and confronting.

Oedipus Schmoedipus takes dozens of the great theatre classics, picks out the death scenes, mixes them together and hands them back to the people. For this mammoth undertaking of gore, laments and requiems, post are joined by a new cast of 25 locals for each performance.

The show is a great big festival of shuffling-off-the-mortal-coil from Australia’s silliest and smartest theatre bunch: post.

Straddling live art, theatre and contemporary performance practices, post take being silly very seriously, and have a real commitment to innovation. Their deep irreverence for the institution of theatre and deep reverence for the magic moment of the liveness it houses has amused, bemused and probably annoyed audiences for the past ten years.

Oedipus Schmoedipus has had audiences in stitches and in tears, from its Sydney Festival premiere at Belvoir Street Theatre, to its bilingual Spanish/English production in Santiago, Chile. There’s even a version in Cantonese being made in Hong Kong. Now it’s on a national tour, from Portland, Victoria to Mandurah WA.

Cunningly and cleverly carried off, Oedipus Schmoedipus is a democratic theatrical extravaganza 2,500 years in the making.

Oedipus Schmoedipus is post's bid for theatre history – either to join it, or wreck it!

 

This is where you come in…
The show will star a new cast of 25 volunteers every night and we want you to be one of them.

 

VOLUNTEERING: Who are we looking for?

  • We want you, your nan, your cousins and their cousin's work friends. Absolutely everyone.
  • You don't need any experience at all. 
  • You will rehearse with post on the day of performance. You won't need to memorise anything.
  • There are a whole range of roles and you won't be asked to do anything you aren’t comfortable with.
  • All participants will be provided with a light meal and one complimentary ticket to the show.

 

VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION
To register your Expression of Interest to be involved, please Submit an Expression of Interest Form - Download HERE and return via email to Greg Leong at artisticdirector@theatrenorth.com.au OR at the Princess Theatre Box Office, 57 Brisbane Street, Launceston, 7250.
Deadline for EOIs: 5pm Friday 2 March 2018.

 

VOLUNTEER CASTING

  • Casting will be conducted by Theatre North at the Princess, in consultation with post.
  • Cast members will be contacted with further information and requirements. 
  • If you have any questions, please phone 6331 0052.

 

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Directors: Zoë Coombs Marr & Mish Grigor
Written By: post (Zoë Coombs Marr, Mish Grigor & Natalie Rose) after Aeschylus, Anon, Barrie, Behn, Boucicault, Büchner, Chekhov, Euripides, Gogol, Goldsmith, Gorky, Hugo, Ibsen, Jonson, Marlowe, Mayakovsky, Molière, Pirandello, Plautus, Racine, Seneca, Shakespeare, and many many more)
Set & Costume Designer: Robert Cousins
Lighting Designer: Matthew Marshall / Ross Graham
Dramaturg: Anne-Louise Sarks
Fight Director: Scott Witt
Producer: Harley Stumm for Intimate Spectacle
Originally produced by: Belvoir & post

 

"★★★★ Their satirical lecture on the canon can be riotously silly, but it lands stinging blows on theatre’s classism.” – Rebecca Harkins-Cross, The Age

"Provoking, endlessly glib, yet curiously joyous, I’d put money on this being the most divisive show of the year.” – Jason Blake, Sydney Morning Herald

“Endlessly fascinating, amusing and relatable… equally joyful, dark and moving… It is a touching performance" – Tennessee Mynott-Rudland, AussieTheatre.com

"What’s so great about Oedipus Schmoedipus is that Coombs, Marr and Grigor unpack famous death quotes without a hint of pretension… whilst still managing to wittily comment on notions of gender, sexuality and religion." – Reuben Liversidge, ArtsHub

 

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Venue

PRINCESS THEATRE

Dates

Wednesday 4 April, 7.30pm

Tickets / Prices

SUBSCRIPTIONS NOW ON SALE AT THE BOX OFFICE.

ONLINE SALES FROM TUESDAY 2 JANUARY 2018.

 

Full $48
Concession $39.50
Subscriber Full $39.50
Subscriber Concession $32
Subscriber Student $15

School group prices available. Contact the Box Office for more details.
Phone: 6331 0052 or Email: boxofficemanager@theatrenorth.com.au

 

Reserved seating

 

A processing fee of $6 applies to tickets purchased online. This is a per transaction fee, not per ticket fee, which will be applied at the end of your purchase.

A delivery charge of $4 applies if you choose to have your tickets posted to your address.

Presented By

Theatre North at the Princess
post
Intimate Spectacle
arts on tour

Supported by
Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston

2018 Theatre Show Sponsor

Performers

Zoë Coombs Marr
Mish Grigor
25 locals

Notes

Recommended for ages 12+. Includes simulated violence, realistic blood effects, coarse language & strobe lighting.

Running Time

1 hour 10 minutes (no interval)

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