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Tom and May find their plans and lives ripped apart when Tom loses his job and, in quick succession, his love for May, his belief in his identity and even the ability to trust his own thoughts. He abandons May just days before their baby is due to sleep in parks and toilets, seek wisdom from a madman, solace from a sad, detached woman and engage in sex for money with a cross-dressing male porn projectionist. He becomes traumatised by his own presence, paralysed by fear right to the play's desperate, closing moments.
First performed at Trades Hall as part of the KTTP Season 6 February 9th - 28th, 1999
Directed by Ariette Taylor, Design by Adrienne Chisholm, Lighting Design by Shane Grant, Choreography by Jonathon Taylor, Stage Managed by Sally Michel.
Cast: Robin Cuming, Paul English, Anni Finsterer, Jack Finsterer, Christen O'Leary, Dan Spielman, Greg Stone
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Male | 30s | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 15
EXTRACT: What are you just standing there for? What are you going to do for christ's-sake? You have to do something. Do something. Do you know what you look like? Like you always looked./There's nothing left. All I ever knew how to do was to give people what they want. And there's no medal for being stupid./ There's never enough of anything. I thought there'd be enough. There'd be enough of something sooner or later. Enough piss, enough fucking, enough money... I always thought there'd be enough of something.Adult themes, Adult language
Daniel Keene's website, containing interviews, extracts, introductions and production histories.
Richard Murphet's survey of Melbourne's theatre scene in the early 2000s, in which he discusses the Keene/Taylor Theatre Project.
A brief history of 45 Downstairs, host to a number of productions included in the Keene/Taylor Theatre Project.
Keene Taylor Theatre Project : programs and related material collected by the National Library of Australia, accessible for research purposes.
Whilst discussing the 2008 production of ' Lower Depths' by Maxim Gorky, Director, Ariette Taylor and the Australian's Fiona Gruber reflect on the aesthetic influences of the Keene/Taylor project, in particular a furniture repository belonging to the Brotherhood of St Laurence that was a cornerstone of many Keene/Taylor productions.
"For the first time I can remember, Daniel Keene has two productions on at once in his home town... Since he lives in the same house as I do, I sneakily exploited our proximity to ask him some questions. And, eventually, he answered them."