THE DEATH DIARY OF KARL PATTERSON SCHMIDT
EVERYBODY LOSES is a performance of a death by snake bite. In this one man show Doppelgangster & and SHU Performance's Dr Tom Payne informs his audience that phone signals have been blocked, the doors locked, he’s shooting up venom, and nobody is leaving until he knows what it is to die.
A Doppelgangster production. Produced by SHU Performance and MKA Theatre of New Writing.
Drawing on the true, self-documented death of world famous herpetologist Dr Karl Patterson Schmidt, historical accounts of the religious ritual of Snake Handling, Doppelgangster’s own personally documented accounts of self-poisoning, reptilian myths of genesis and the coming apocalypse, EVERYBODY LOSES interrogates societal obsessions with eternal youth, eternal life, and the destruction of our planet.
Presentation and performance styles evoke and appropriate 1950s scientific lectures, death diaries, suicide notes, Southern-style snake handling, and the warnings of that one scientist at the start of every disaster film ever. EVERYBODY LOSES is both a glorious spectacle and a grave work; obliquely engaging with themes of climate change and the 6th great extinction; asking, with the unprecedented scientific documentation of the changing planet, and our failure to respond to the symptoms, is it too late to stop the poison?
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, ABERYSTWYTH | Nov 2017
La Generale, PARIS | Feb 2018
Vault Festival, LONDON | Feb-March 2018
The Performance Lab, SHEFFIELD | March 2018
The Tom Thumb Theatre, MARGATE | April 2018
AL Haca De Heneres, MADRID | July 2018
The Projector, SINGAPORE | Sept 2018
Backbone Arts, BRISBANE | Sept 2018
MKA Pop up, MELBOURNE | Sept 2018
Kings Cross Theatre, SYDNEY | Sept 2018
Aparat Athen, ATHENS | Sept 2018
Performance DR TOM PAYNE
Writing TOBIAS MANDERSON-GALVIN + DR TOM PAYNE
(adapted from the Death Diary of Karl Patterson Schmidt)
Direction TOBIAS MANDERSON-GALVIN + DR TOM PAYNE
Scenography TOBIAS MANDERSON-GALVIN + DR TOM PAYNE
Music MARIA MOLES + ADAM HALLIWELL
Videography DR SAM CHRISTIE
Promotional Photography WILSON LIEW
Performance Documentation KEITH MORRIS, BECKY PAYNE, WILSON LIEW + PHIL ERBACHER