The Street Theatre and online
5pm Friday 12 March 2021
Duration: 90 Minutes
Tickets by Donation
There’s death, sex and humour in this three-hander, which was awarded the 2018 Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award for works that give hope.
Lauren works at a crematorium and is afraid of death. She picks up men in bars and is afraid of commitment. She remembers little of her childhood and is afraid of forgetting even that.
When Lauren discovers boxes of unclaimed ashes sitting on the shelf, she’s afraid that unless she returns them to their families, they may haunt her forever.
Lauren must come to terms with a troubled past and an uncertain future. She confronts her fear of death by working with it on a daily basis, but even the black humour of the cremation industry can’t jolt her out of her unease.
As she battles her biological clock in a flimsy bid to create a generational obligation, the unclaimed ashes of dead children begin to infiltrate her waking life and demand that she confront her greatest fear – that we are all, in the end, alone.
This work in development is part of The Street’s First Seen program, which offers Canberra audiences the opportunity to be part of the creative process, helping The Street progress performance works to production-ready stage. First Seen offers a unique insight into development and is a vital part of The Street’s planning for future years.
Each writer has a dedicated workshop offering time, space, support, and expertise. Audiences are given the opportunity to participate in the development process through the public showings and are invited to a conversation with playwright, director, dramaturg and the actors.
- Cast: Kate Blackhurst, Joel Horwood, Ylaria Rogers
- Director: Tracy Bourne
- Dramaturg: Rebecca Clode
Tickets and information: https://www.thestreet.org.au/shows/first-seen-people-inside-me-katie-pollock
For those joining on line, links to performance and following Zoom Q&A will be emailed one day prior to the showing.