ELEGY

By Douglas Rintoul

Some stories are more powerful than others... he’s worried his isn’t powerful enough.
ElegyDouglas Rintoul
Elegy Lab Kelpie

Elegy was the Australian premiere of an innovative piece from the UK exploring the unimaginable homophobia still occurring in “post-liberation” Iraq, and the horrific realities imposed on any minority group faced with no choice but to flee.

The play at first appears to be an intimate account of one man’s impossible love for his best friend but, gradually, our young man pieces together a deeper story: of love and flight, of empty train stations and bomb-blasted towns, of a world where local militia “disappear” his friends one by one.

It slowly builds to the shocking revelation that these stories are, in fact, true.

Based on verbatim interviews with refugee survivors of brutal regimes and inspired by images from photojournalist Bradley Secker, Elegy is a lyrical, searing exploration of loss, displacement and a longing for home.

Currently starring Gareth Reeves (Pete’s Dragon, Underbelly) and directed by John Kachoyan (Bell Shakespeare), it is a lament for lives in exile and more importantly for the dead that they have left behind.

At a time when elected leaders maintain their commitment to “turning back the boats”, and still show resistance on issues such as marriage equality, this award-winning work lays bare the human cost of these vote-seeking headlines.

Running Time: 50 minutes (no interval).

Audience advice: Adult themes.

Major Presenting Sponsor: Quiz Meisters Trivia.

“A deeply affecting and sensitively realised account… This play connects us, on a level that transcends nationality, to an unimaginable situation… Yes, this play made me feel ashamed, but I feel deeply grateful for that.”
Limelight Magazine
“A disconcertingly powerful work brings its audience so close that it’s impossible to keep the story at a safe or forgettable distance.”
The Age
“This is a finely polished, extremely accomplished and deeply moving piece of theatre; it deserves to tour widely.”
Arts Hub
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Douglas Rintoul

Writer
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Nick Simpson-Deeks

Performer (2016)
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Russell Goldsmith

Sound Design
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Lyall Brooks

Producer
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John Kachoyan

Director
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Rob Sowinski

Designer
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Bradley Secker

Photojournalist
Adam Fawcett Playwright

Adam Fawcett

Producer
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Gareth Reeves

Performer (2018)
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Bryn Cullen

Designer
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Amber Bock

Prod./Stage Manager

Artwork design by Nick Simpson-Deeks.
Production photography by Sarah Walker.

Date: 19 Jan – 6 Feb 2016
Event: Midsumma Festival (Premier Event)
Venue: Gasworks Arts Park – Melbourne VIC
Performances: 12

Australian premiere season performed by Nick Simpson-Deeks

2018 Victorian Tour

starring Gareth Reeves

Date: 16-20 May 2018
Presenter: Theatre Works
Venue: Theatre Works, St Kilda VIC

Date: 25 May 2018
Presenter: Stratford Courthouse
Venue: Stratford Courthouse, Stratford VIC

Date: 26 May 2018
Presenter: Baw Baw Shire Council
Venue: JD Algie Hall, Neerim South VIC

Date: 9 Aug 2018
Presenter: Hamilton Performing Arts Centre
Venue: Hamilton Performing Arts Centre, Hamilton VIC

Date: 14-15 Aug 2018
Presenter: Geelong Performing Arts Centre
Venue: Geelong Performing Arts Centre, Geelong VIC

Date: 16 Aug 2018
Presenter: Monash University MLive
Venue: Alexander Theatre, Clayton VIC

Date: 17 Aug 2018
Presenter: The Bowery Theatre
Venue: The Bowery Theatre, St Albans VIC

Date: 18 Aug 2018
Presenter: Wyndham Cultural Centre
Venue: Wyndham Cultural Centre, Werribee VIC

This tour of Elegy is proudly supported by Regional Arts Victoria and our premier partner Quiz Meisters Trivia.

Synopsis

Elegy was the Australian premiere of an innovative piece from the UK exploring the unimaginable homophobia still occurring in “post-liberation” Iraq, and the horrific realities imposed on any minority group faced with no choice but to flee.

The play at first appears to be an intimate account of one man’s impossible love for his best friend but, gradually, our young man pieces together a deeper story: of love and flight, of empty train stations and bomb-blasted towns, of a world where local militia “disappear” his friends one by one.

It slowly builds to the shocking revelation that these stories are, in fact, true.

Based on verbatim interviews with refugee survivors of brutal regimes and inspired by images from photojournalist Bradley Secker, Elegy is a lyrical, searing exploration of loss, displacement and a longing for home.

Currently starring Gareth Reeves (Pete’s Dragon, Underbelly) and directed by John Kachoyan (Bell Shakespeare), it is a lament for lives in exile and more importantly for the dead that they have left behind.

At a time when elected leaders maintain their commitment to “turning back the boats”, and still show resistance on issues such as marriage equality, this award-winning work lays bare the human cost of these vote-seeking headlines.

Running Time: 50 minutes (no interval).

Audience advice: Adult themes.

Major Presenting Sponsor: Quiz Meisters Trivia.

Reviews & Awards
“A deeply affecting and sensitively realised account… This play connects us, on a level that transcends nationality, to an unimaginable situation… Yes, this play made me feel ashamed, but I feel deeply grateful for that.”
Limelight Magazine
“A disconcertingly powerful work brings its audience so close that it’s impossible to keep the story at a safe or forgettable distance.”
The Age
“This is a finely polished, extremely accomplished and deeply moving piece of theatre; it deserves to tour widely.”
Arts Hub
Cast & Creatives
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Douglas Rintoul

Writer
null

Nick Simpson-Deeks

Performer (2016)
null

Russell Goldsmith

Sound Design
null

Lyall Brooks

Producer
null

John Kachoyan

Director
null

Rob Sowinski

Designer
null

Bradley Secker

Photojournalist
Adam Fawcett Playwright

Adam Fawcett

Producer
null

Gareth Reeves

Performer (2018)
null

Bryn Cullen

Designer
null

Amber Bock

Prod./Stage Manager

Artwork design by Nick Simpson-Deeks.
Production photography by Sarah Walker.

History

Date: 19 Jan – 6 Feb 2016
Event: Midsumma Festival (Premier Event)
Venue: Gasworks Arts Park – Melbourne VIC
Performances: 12

Australian premiere season performed by Nick Simpson-Deeks

2018 Tour

2018 Victorian Tour

starring Gareth Reeves

Date: 16-20 May 2018
Presenter: Theatre Works
Venue: Theatre Works, St Kilda VIC

Date: 25 May 2018
Presenter: Stratford Courthouse
Venue: Stratford Courthouse, Stratford VIC

Date: 26 May 2018
Presenter: Baw Baw Shire Council
Venue: JD Algie Hall, Neerim South VIC

Date: 9 Aug 2018
Presenter: Hamilton Performing Arts Centre
Venue: Hamilton Performing Arts Centre, Hamilton VIC

Date: 14-15 Aug 2018
Presenter: Geelong Performing Arts Centre
Venue: Geelong Performing Arts Centre, Geelong VIC

Date: 16 Aug 2018
Presenter: Monash University MLive
Venue: Alexander Theatre, Clayton VIC

Date: 17 Aug 2018
Presenter: The Bowery Theatre
Venue: The Bowery Theatre, St Albans VIC

Date: 18 Aug 2018
Presenter: Wyndham Cultural Centre
Venue: Wyndham Cultural Centre, Werribee VIC

This tour of Elegy is proudly supported by Regional Arts Victoria and our premier partner Quiz Meisters Trivia.

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