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Die! Die! Die! Old People Die!

Photo by Bryony Jackson

Flagship UK theatre company, Ridiculusmus (The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western LaplandGive Me Your Love), returns to Arts House to reclaim humankind’s last taboo from its imminent eradication. Die! Die! Die! Old People Die! is a simple but paper-fine portrait of a timeless trio: a love triangle cursed to eternal life without eternal youth, in an age where death and the forgotten art of grieving have been medicalised out of existence.

Indie theatre legends, David Woods and Jon Haynes project into 120-year-old versions of themselves in a seriously funny work about hanging on, dying and grieving, played at 33rpm. Amid fumbling, daily rounds of coffee, call centres and cat food, their rants, dribbles, pills and cough bombs litter an ambling blend of symbolist mysticism and synesthesia that has the fear of an ageing population in its sights and oozes with the positivity of elderhood and good deaths.

Creators & Performers: Jon Haynes, David Woods

Lighting Designer: Richard Vabre

Sound Designer: Marco Cher-Gibard

Producer: Erin Milne, Bureau of Works

“Extremely funny and often heartbreaking…both seriously thought-provoking and seriously funny theatre.” Exeunt, on The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland


World Premiere

7pm, Tue 20 Nov
7pm, Wed 21 Nov
7pm, Thurs 22 Nov
7pm, Fri 23 Nov
7pm, Sat 24 Nov
4pm, Sun 25 Nov
70 mins

Arts House
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
North Melbourne