Not Dead Yet!
Rebus Theatre Artistic Director Robin Davidson was approached by Crankit Theatre (formerly Square peg Theatre) in Hobart to work with them to develop and perform an original theatre work about death and dying. Robin worked with Crankit for several short session in 2015 before a three week rehearsal period culminating in two public performances of Not Dead Yet! in early 2016.
Crankit Theatre is a collective of professional Tasmanian performers from a range of backgrounds including clowning, puppetry, cabaret, Playback Theatre, singing and music.
Not Dead Yet! was a medley of short scenes about death and dying, drawing on the cast’s own experiences, our research and the collective imagination. Several members of the cast are – or have recently been – caring for dying family members, and this gave the show an honesty, and a licence to tell the blackest jokes. The scenes flipped between the ridiculous and absurd, to the deeply vulnerable and moving, and back again.
Funding applications are being prepared for a second, longer season of Not Dead Yet to be performed in Hobart in late 2017.
Not Dead Yet! was supported by Kingborough Council, Tasmanian Regional Arts, and Cygnet Arts Council and funded by the Australian Government’s Better Access to Palliative Care in Tasmania Programme, through the Tasmanian Palliative Care ‘Networking End of Life Care’ Project.