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"A man can live in a room," says the woman, the only speaker, telling us about the man, a performer who enacts this monologue. (In the original production, the man was played by dancer and choreographer, Jonathan Taylor).
His is a life where, although material wants are met, loneliness leaches out all joy, all meaning. His hero is Buster Keaton, the funniest man in the word, an ironic comment on his own joyless life.
Daniel Keene's collaboration with director Ariette Taylor—the Keene/Taylor Theatre Project—was critically acclaimed both locally and overseas.
Performed as part of the KTTP Season 11 under the title of The Funniest Man in the World at Grant St Theatre. Director, Ariette Taylor; Designer, Adrienne Chisolm; Lighting Designer, Shane Grant; Stage Manager, Angela Hicks. Cast: Helen Morse, Jonathan Taylor
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.
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.
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.
"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."