Tell Me Before the Sun Explodes | Rock Bottom Productions with bAKEHOUSE

Image by Philip Erbacher

Every few years a movie gets released with a central gay character whose life is tragedy and whose story ends in a tear-jerking death. And every time this reignites a conversation about this seemingly inescapable link between queerness and death. Is it a curse from God? Is it unresolved trauma from the AIDS crisis? Is it pedestrian homophobia? Or is it true?

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Breathing Corpses | Eye Contact Theatre Company

Image by Becky Matthews

Maybe if you watch a lot of British crime dramas then you’ve wondered to yourself how you would react if you were the person fated to discover a dead body. Or you’ve mused about how the “woman walking her dog” or “bicyclist” is doing now after their discovery aired on the nightly news. For one person, that moment was the end of the story, for everyone else, it’s the beginning.

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Chef | Virginia Plain with KXT bAKEHOUSE & Panimo Pandemonium Festival

Image by Clare Hawley

Life comes at you fast or, rather, if you’re already on the wrong side of things, the systems of “justice” and “fairness” will take your life away from you fast. Deep in the heart of those structures, it’s always easier, even preferable, to blame an individual rather than the circumstances.

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Puppets | Panimo Pandemonium Festival

Image by Monique Harmer

Apps like Tinder and Bumble and Hinge were supposed to make dating easier but the plethora of fish in the digital sea hasn’t resulted in Liv’s happily ever after. But the dire state of heterosexuality doesn’t stop a girl from dreaming, living vicariously through love ballads, or anthropomorphising her puppet pals as deadbeat exes, now, does it?

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Pollon | Little Eggs Collective

Image by Yannick Jamey

How do we process grief? What is actually happening when we remember? What do our emotions look like? What do they sound like? In Pollon, the complex inner workings of grieving, living, and remembering are externalised in movement, ritual, and repetition for an experimental interpretation of the solo narrative performance.

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Lunch with Bernays | 180 Collective

Edward “Eddie” Bernays made a name for himself in the 20th century as the “father of public relations” by mastering the art of propaganda. As he nears the end of his life, an interview for a forthcoming biography of his wife sends Eddie deep into his memories and the ghosts of his past make their grievances known.

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Two Twenty Somethings Decide Never to Be Stressed About Anything Ever Again. Ever. | Bite Productions

Image by Clare Hawley

It seems that most days bring a new online article or news segment about the casualisation of the workforce, sky-rocketing house prices, stagnant wages, and general catastrophe for younger generations to navigate and establish a life in. Luckily for these two twenty-somethings, they’ve simply decided to not be stressed anymore.

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Yellow Face | Dinosaurus Productions with bAKEHOUSE

Image by Clare Hawley

After David Henry Hwang became the first Asian American to win a Tony award for his play M. Butterfly, his new positioning within the American theatre world became difficult to navigate. Now an unintentional spokesperson for Asian American theatre-makers, the next few years of Hwang’s life and career were complicated, to say the least.

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Dead Skin | White Box Theatre Co

Image by Jasmin Simmons

Andie is practically an adult but there are a few things she’d like to do before her big birthday: go on a date with her best friend, confront her father, and find her mother. In Dead Skin, two girls’ coming of age moments cosmically intertwine in an eerie, off-kilter love story.

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Exit the King | Red Line Productions

Image by Robert Catto

After four hundred years King Berenger’s kingdom is crumbling. He is no longer nature’s master, his armies have deserted, and his doctor predicts his death imminently in an hour and a half. In Megan Wilding’s imagination, the king isn’t merely Eugene Ionesco’s belligerent every man, but the end of the world as we know it and an opportunity for someone new.

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