Presented by High Line Productions in collaboration with Citizen Theatre

 playing at la mama courthouse | June 12-23

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


Production Images

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

Meet the cast


  • 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