By post (ZOË COOMBS MARR, MISH GRIGOR & NATALIE ROSE)
after Aeschylus, Anon, Barrie, Behn, Boucicault, Büchner, Chekhov, Euripides, Gogol, Goldsmith, Gorky, Hugo, Ibsen, Jonson, Marlowe, Mayakovsky, Molière, Pirandello, Plautus, Racine, Seneca, Shakespeare, Sophocles, Strindberg, Voltaire, Wedekind, Wilde et al
Directors ZOË COOMBS MARR & MISH GRIGOR
- Venue Upstairs Theatre
- Dates 9 Jan – 2 Feb 2014
Welcome to 2014!
First up, a democratic theatrical extravaganza two-and-a-half-thousand years in the making. 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!
Mish Gregor: Image by Gary Heery
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
Stage Manager Roxzan Bowes
Assistant Stage Manager Megan Fitzgerald
Production Manager Leonard Samperi
Stage Management Secondment Brittany Jones
Zoë Coombs Marr
& a host of wonderful volunteers
There’s a glorious playfulness to the whole production not much seen on Australian stages, and a seriousness about silliness that I really warm to.Vicky Frost | The Guardian
The show opens with its best scene – a series of extremely bloody deaths performed by Coombs Marr and Grigor. You can see all the tricks and the spraying gouts of blood, but it is still shockingly funny to watchJohn McCallum | The Australian