This democratic theatrical extravaganza (two-and-a-half-thousand years in the making) was a co-production with post and originally presented in association with Sydney Festival. It then enjoyed a bloody season season at Arts House in Melbourne.
Take several hundred of the greatest plays of all time, pick out the death scenes, mix them together (in a cunning and clever way) and then – well that’s a surprise… Oedipus Schmoedipus is a great big festival of shuffling-off-the-mortal-coil from Australia’s silliest/smartest theatre bunch: post. Their work is joyful and dark, stupid and smart, down-home and OTT. Oedipus Schmoedipus is their bid for theatre history – either to join it, or wreck it.
Fed up with white men staging the deaths of white men in plays written by white men, the white ladies from post have pirated the theatrical canon and turned over the juiciest stuff to seven hundred – that’s right, seven hundred! – collaborators. Death: it belongs to everyone!
Zoë Coombs Marr
& a cast of volunteers
Directors Zoë Coombs Marr & Mish Grigor
Set & Costume Designer Robert Cousins
Lighting Designer Matthew Marshall
Composer & Sound Designer James Brown
Dramaturg Anne-Louise Sarks
Fight Director Scott Witt
Production Manager Eliza Maunsell
Stage Manager Allison Jeny
Assistant Stage Manager Brittany Jones
Assistant Stage Manager/Volunteer Coordinator Hannah Rundman
Production images by Ellis Parrinder
Rehearsal images by Brett Boardman