QTC presents: Oedipus Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Cecile Blackmore | On 07, Jun 2015
Groundbreaking Aussie take on a ancient classic, Oedipus Doesn’t Live Here Anymore took to the stage at Bille Brown Studios last week with force, farce and fury – it’d be a tragedy to miss out on this one.
“What would happen if Oedipus moved into Ramsey Street?” mused Oedipus‘s playwright Daniel Evans at the show’s media preview last week. Oedipus Doesn’t Live Here Anymore sees four local actors – Ellen Bailey, Emily Burton, Joe Klocek and Toby Martin, play over 100 roles in a uniquely Australian retelling of the Theban Plays by ancient Greek tragedian Sophocles.
Queensland Premier’s Drama Award-winner Daniel Evans (I Want To Know What Love Is, I Should Have Drunk More Champagne) cited his previous work writing for Aussie Big Brother as a surprising influence for the show.
“It is fast and it is crude, and I like to create theatre that my friends can get a kick out of. It’s a love letter to suburbia where I grew up, and I owe a lot of time to that space.”
The famous characters of the tragedies such as Oedipus, Antigone, Lauis and Jocasta are plucked from their original setting and re-imagined in suburban Australia in a world that sees 90 minutes of gore and horror juxtaposed beside good old Aussie humour. Punters at the football rant and rave over a beheading. Oedipus also features a traditional Greek chorus with a modern spin, as they tell their stories to passers-by “clickbait-style”.
“The story may not be the exact story, but it’s the story we’ve sold you.” says director Jason Klarwein (Macbeth, The Seven Stages of Grieving)
All of this is overseen by the fearsome, glowing eyes of Zeus in the show’s backdrop – a sprawling wall of graffiti art peppered with sly allusions to the tragedies performed, courtesy of set designer Jessica Ross.
Oedipus Doesn’t Live Here anymore runs to June 13 at Bille Brown’s The Greenhouse in South Brisbane.
What: Queensland Theatre Company presents Oedipus Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
When: 23 May – 13 June 2015
Where: The Greenhouse, Bille Brown Studios – 78 Montague Road, South Brisbane 4101
More Info: Book tickets at the Queensland Theatre Company’s website or call 3010 7600
Image: Cecile Blackmore