Death is wild and unpredictable, when it comes to the end of my life, my trust is with myself.
Dan’s dreaming of dead ducks and cartoon skeletons. He’s also dying. Liam’s doing his best to be supportive, his sister has good intentions and the nurse is trying to provide the comfort prescribed in the rule book. But none of them can give him what he needs. With access to assisted dying imminent, everyone has an opinion in how you live and die. It’s time for Dan to choose how he goes.
“I know from close observation that Rory Godbold understands the brutal nuances of this issue in ways that very few can claim. He brings a perspective to it, both as creator and as witness, which has the unmistakable ring of truth. Nothing in performance is more powerful than the truth.” – Andrew Denton
"...a moving and nuanced four-hander, featuring elegant design and emotionally charged performances." - (Cameron Woodhead) The Age
“There is a huge amount of talent present in the cast and crew of When The Light Leaves, resulting in a moving exploration of what it means to allow people to live out the final moments of their lives with dignity, compassion and in control.” - (Myron My) My Melbourne Arts
“gripping and irresistible” - (Cameron Colwell) The Music
“This is a brave and compelling story about a subject that is crying out for a voice.” - (Patricia Di Risio) Stage Whispers
"It’s a talented, emotionally honest dive into a tragic human situation" - (Cameron Woodhead) The Age
“a bold and thought provoking piece of theatre” - (Myron My) My Melbourne Arts
“Rory Godbold has done a superb job in writing this play and as a piece of theatre, When The Light Leaves is a cathartic, challenging experience.” - (Cameron Colwell) The Music
Photography by Stu Brown
Written by Rory Godbold
Directed by Jayde Kirchert
Designed by Stu Brown
Lighting Design by Gina Gascoigne
Costumes by Aislinn Naughton
Composer/Sound design by Imogen Cygler
Associate Producer Steph Clare-Cover
Associate Producer Alex Suttie
All photography and video by Stu Brown @hellostubrown
Tomas Parrish as Dan
Leigh Scully as Liam
Veronica Thomas as Kate
Michelle Robertson as Alice
Wed 6.30pm | Thu, Fri, Sat 7.30pm | Sun 4pm
Wed 19th June 8pm (following 6.30pm performance): Free Q&A Forum on Voluntary Assisted Dying
Fri 21st June 7.30pm: AUSLAN Interpreted Performance
Approx running time: 70 min
Venue: La Mama Courthouse 349 Drummond St, Carlton
Scripts are available prior to the performance for people who are deaf or hard of hearing
AUSLAN interpreted performance on Fri 21st June 7:30pm
La Mama Courthouse is an accessible venue.
Please contact us if you have access needs so we can ensure you have a great experience info [@] citizentheatre [.] com [.] au
This project is supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
An experience awaits to ignite the depths of your imagination. Here, places once forgotten are transformed into visions of the future, where voices sing enchanting songs, architecture comes to life and colour rules supreme. Let your curiosity guide you through a labyrinth of art, design and theatrical wonder and discover delight in what could be.
The Citizen Theatre team will create the Forgotten Places immersive experience by incorporating a selection of photographic submissions from Stonnington locals. These will be transformed into an interactive future city where paintings, sculpture, singing, storytelling, music and colour will give audiences of all ages an inspiring experience to change the way they view and interact with their local area.
Forgotten Places is a family friendly event
Chapel Off Chapel is an accessible venue (see below for more detail)
Photo credit: Russell Mason
Director/Dramaturge/Producer Jayde Kirchert
Visual Designer/Artist/Photography Walk Facilitator Stu Brown
Composer Imogen Cygler
Costume Designer Aislinn Naughton
Associate Producer Steph Clare-Cover
Performing Collaborators (in alphabetical order)
Wednesday 13th February 6.30pm
Thursday 14th February 6.30pm
Friday 15th February 6.30pm
Saturday 16th February 2pm (not on sale, community matinee only - enquiries to info [at] citizen theatre [dot] com [dot] au)
Saturday 16th February 6.30pm
Sunday 17th February 6.30pm
Tickets $25 adults, $15 children
Book tickets via the Chapel Off Chapel website
Chapel Off Chapel - Mezzanine
12 Little Chapel St, Prahran
Box Office and Enquiries: 03 8290 7000
Access: Wheelchair Access. Chapel Off Chapel is accessible from street level with a lift operating between ground level and The Mezzanine. Please call the Box Office on 03 8290 7000 – if you have Wheelchair, Companion Card or Special Needs booking requirements.
To inspire Stonnington locals with their photographic submissions for the ‘Forgotten Places’ Immersive Experience, Citizen Theatre held a ‘Forgotten Places Photography Walk’ - a free guided photography walk with Citizen Theatre’s visual designer Stu Brown. The walk encouraged people to see the world around them with a fresh perspective through the art of photography. It took place on Saturday 24th November.
“To capture street portraits can be challenging as you need to build a quick rapport with people. Getting some essential tips from Stu and Jayde during the two-hour walking tour was quite valuable.”
Weekend Notes - written by Nekoburro
Forgotten Places is supported by the City of Stonnington’s Arts & Cultural Grants program.
Citizen Theatre in association with Theatre Works presents
Played at Theatre Works, September 28, 29 & 30 for the 2018 Melbourne Fringe Festival
'Ascent' tells the story of a woman who improves herself to death. In her quest to feel forever fresh and live up others' and her own expectations of how she ought to be, she undergoes a series of physical transformations, ranging from haircuts to facelifts, and more invasive procedures. Reaching for her ideal self, she ascends into oblivion.
The Citizen Theatre ensemble tells this story by creating optical illusions with movement and light, along with an experimental use of song, voice and musical elements.
Photo credit: Stu Brown
Hear what the opening night audience had to say about our production
“Kirchert’s unique world tackles deep questions with zest and comedic flair” (Theatre Press)
“Ascent is an amazing experimental fusion of sight and sound” (Stage Whispers)
“Entertaining and thought-provoking, this is an innovative play that is an echo chamber of the unrealistic beauty standards that remain today” (BeMelbourne)
Read the full reviews by clicking on the reviewer name above.
Watch our documentary series, "The Making of ASCENT", created by our resident visual designer Stu Brown
CAST (alphabetical order)
Non-performing collaborators: Jenni Little
Special thank you: Jack Wunsch (early workshop collaborator)
Theatre Works is an accessible venue for wheelchair users
For audiences who are deaf or hard of hearing, please contact us to view the script prior to seeing the show
This production is generously supported by Monica and Sam Abrahams and the Ron and Margaret Dobell Foundation, as part of ShowSupport.
The Female Subject is a livestream event on Facebook.
This brand new project is one of a kind, giving viewers the chance to have a unique experience of art & performance through the magic of the internet. Each event goes for approximately 5 minutes that you can watch live, anywhere you have an internet-connected device with access to Facebook.
The short events have emerged out of research undertaken in 2016. Over 60 female identifying Citizens of various ages and backgrounds were surveyed to get a sense of what it means to be a woman today. Many questions were looking at how a woman’s family and their expectations of women inform one’s experience of womanhood. Overall, the research pointed to some common themes and insights into what it feels like to be among the first generation/s of women to have experienced a range of things that were previously impossible.
The Female Subject will be presented as a series of Seasons, with 4 events in each Season. Make sure you follow us on Facebook & Youtube so you don't miss out!
First event: Claws
Livestreamed Sunday 22nd April 2018, 7.30pm AEST
Third event: Egg
Livestreamed Sunday 6th May 2018, 7.30pm AEST
Second event: A - Z
Livestreamed Sunday 29th April 2018, 7.30pm AEST
Fourth event (season finale): Remember
Released Sunday 13th May 2018, 7.30pm AEST
Writer & Director: Jayde Kirchert
Visual & Graphic Design: Stu Brown
Sound Design: Imogen Cygler
Director of Photography & Livestreaming: Thomas Overend
Digital Media Coordinator: Steph Clare-Cover
Alexithymia | Citizen Theatre & A_tistic
Presented as part of the 2017 Poppy Seed Theatre Festival
8 – 19 November 2017
Meat Market, Stables | Corner of Courtney & Wreckyn Streets, North Melbourne
Citizen Theatre and A_tistic joined forces to create a new theatrical work, Alexithymia, which aimed to simulate an autistic experience of the world for audiences.
Alexithymia is a condition that noticeably affects 85% of people diagnosed on the autism spectrum and is defined as an inability to name or describe emotions.
Developed and presented by a neuro-diverse cast and creative team, Alexithymia was a speculative fiction, featuring an interdependent and delicate mix of sensory stimuli, sound design and stylised performances.
Alexithymia was presented as three short works – Social_function.exe was about an autistic woman who invented an artificial intelligence implant to navigate a job interview; The Curious Case of You was a game show that put audiences’ emotional intelligence to the test; and Nirvana Syndrome followed a woman who had no desire for anything and was consequently defined by other people's expectations.
The Alexithymia season included a sensory friendly/relaxed performance.
“Alexithymia: Experience the World Through Autism is a truly brave work.” - The Melbourne Critique
"This is a beautifully polished piece of theatre ... directed with flair by and Jayde Kirchert and performed with exemplary timing by Emma Hoy, Keagan Vaskess and Nicola Bowman" - Stage Whispers
"At its best, Alexithymia probes [profound human questions] without skimping on emotional intelligence, nuance or complexity." - The Age
Phillip Dallas - Sound Designer
Peter Amesbury - Lighting Designer
Sophie Andrew - Stage Manager
Jacinta Anderson - Production Assistant
Jayde Kirchert - Director/Co-Producer
Tom Middleditch - Writer/Co-Producer
Stu Brown - Visual Designer/Co-Producer
James Matthews - Dramaturge
Emma Hoy - Yellow
Keagan Vaskess - Blue
Nicola Bowman - Red
Photos by Thomas Overend
Companion Cards were honoured
Meat Market was accessible for patrons with wheelchair access requirements
Scripts were available prior to the show upon request for patrons who were hard of hearing
There was a sensory friendly/relaxed performance
A donation was made for another Poppy Seed Festival show to have an AUSLAN interpreted performance