“Some stories are more powerful than others. He’s worried his isn’t powerful enough…"
A young man pieces together a personal story of love and flight. Based on interviews with gay refugees and inspired by the work of award-winning photojournalist Bradley Secker, this Australian premiere journeys through a no-man's land of empty train stations, treacherous border crossings and bomb-blasted towns.
Directed by John Kachoyan (MTC, Bell Shakespeare) and featuring a powerhouse performance by Nick Simpson-Deeks (Company, Winners & Losers), Elegy fuses intimate storytelling and visual poetry tolure you into a playful, theatrical and devastating world.
The play is an exploration of the human loss linking us all, regardless of our religion or politics. Devised using real-life testimonies and created by Douglas Rintoul from Transport Theatre UK, Elegy immerses its audience in an empathic yet confusing romantic journey before falling into the play’s political depths.
Audiences will be spellbound by the elegance and artistry with which Elegy handles such difficult subject matter, and at a time when our own elected leaders continue to show resistance to marriage equality and maintain their commitment to “turning back the boats”, this award-winning work lays bare the human cost to these vote-seeking headlines.
“Quietly shocking... beautiful writing.” (The Telegraph)
“Essential viewing.” (Time Out UK) ★★★★
“Powerful to the extreme.” (BroadwayBaby) ★★★★★
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Running time: 60 mins
Presented by Lab Kelpie & Gasworks
Director John Kachoyan
Performer Nick Simpson-Deeks
Sound Design/Compositions Russell Goldsmith
Lighting & Set Design Rob Sowinski
Associate Designer Bryn Cullen
Producers Lyall Brooks & Adam Fawcett