International touring in 2017, and national touring in 2018. Watch this space for details.
“Brilliant… shockingly funny to watch.”
– John McCallum, The Australian
“Marvellous medley pokes fun at the classics. ★★★★ Their satirical lecture on the canon can be riotously silly, but it lands stinging blows on theatre’s classism.”
– Rebecca Harkins-Cross, The Age
“The makeshift chorus is gorgeous in its authenticity… Watching the volunteers find their footing with a youthful joy is endlessly fascinating, amusing and relatable. … equally joyful, dark and moving… It is a touching performance that speaks to what is perhaps the one universal truth: we are all going to die but in the words of Bernard Shaw, “Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.”
– Tennessee Mynott-Rudland, AussieTheatre.com
What’s so great about Oedipus Schmoedipus is that Coombs Marr and Grigor unpack famous death quotes without a hint of pretension… whilst still managing to wittily comment on notions of gender, sexuality and religion. Oedipus Schmoedipus successfully straddles the line between traditional dramatic notions of death and sly postmodern commentary… Who knew death could be so funny?
–Reuben Liversidge, ArtsHub
“Provoking, endlessly glib, yet curiously joyous, I’d put money on this being the most divisive show of the year.”
– Jason Blake, Sydney Morning Herald
Written By post (Zoë Coombs Marr, Mish Grigor & Natalie Rose) after Aeschylus, Anon, Barrie, Behn, Boucicault, Büchner, Chekhov, Euripides, Gogol, Goldsmith, Gorky, Hugo, Ibsen, Jonson, Marlowe, Mayakovsky, Molière, Pirandello, Plautus, Racine, Seneca, Shakespeare, and many many more)
Produced by Intimate Spectacle
Duration: 60 minutes. Touring team: 5. Suits medium sized studio (preferred) or proscenium (possible) theatre, with minimum 8m x 8m stage.
Requires the presenter to source 25 volunteer performers for each performance (a new cast each show). Diversity of age, gender and cultural background is essential for the performance to work well. Volunteers required for a 3-4 hour rehearsal call, after the show has been fully teched, and preferably the day of their performance.
Originally produced by Belvoir & post, with support from Managing and Producing Services (MAPS) for Artists NSW, a joint initiative of the Australia Council and Arts NSW, managed by Performing Lines.