A SLOW EXIT (HE IS GOING TO DIE)

by Jeffrey Fereday
Photo by Susan Fereday. From 1987 production at Grant Street Theatre Melbourne

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A SLOW EXIT (HE IS GOING TO DIE)

by Jeffrey Fereday

Five seasoned actors gradually emerge from a maelstrom of discarded theatre sets, costumes and props. They gossip and argue. From time to time they strike up impromptu performances. Their lines and gestures are poorly recalled fragments from a disparate array of theatrical traditions: Aristophanes; Shakespeare; Leban; Brecht; Pinter; Miller; opera, West End.

Hilariously funny, their parodies turn increasingly melancholic. An existential crisis ensues. In this theatre of ruins, the actors are not lost for words but for meaning.

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