STILL LIFE WITH A DEAD ARTIST

by Van Badham
Photo: Melvin J Montalban

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STILL LIFE WITH A DEAD ARTIST

by Van Badham

In 2002, a police sergeant on stress leave investigates the suicide of an old man and his middle-aged daughter in a strange, modernist house.

In 1947, an ambitious young artist tumbles into the garden of the same house, interrupting a luncheon-party held by its owners.

The relationship of the two events seems initially indistinct, as the sergeant attempts to understand the significance of the suicides in the context of a vanishing family. As she does so, past and present weave a story of doomed love, destruction and the liberating power of art.

'...a compelling mystery about secrets, lies, and how forgotten pasts haunt troubled futures.'

Anna King, Illawarra Theatre, April 2, 2003

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