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A man stands on stage reading from a statement. We might be in a courtroom or an interrogation room but not even the man seems to understand the part that he is required to play. What he has written are the things that give meaning to his life, most particularly his missing wife and child.
His list of small moments of love and beauty, intimate and ordinary, are given the resonances of poetry and affirm an aesthetic dimension to life that cannot be separated from the mundane.
Daniel Keene's collaboration with director Ariette Taylor—the Keene/Taylor Theatre Project—was critically acclaimed both locally and overseas.
What Remains was first performed in Season 3 of the KTTP Project at the Brotherhood of St Laurence, Fitzroy (presented by La Mama). Directed by Ariette Taylor Designed by Adrienne Chisolm, Lighting Design by Paul Jackson, Choreographed by Jonathan Taylor. Cast: Paul English and ensemble of witnesses.
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EXTRACT: I came home one night to the home I used to have I came home and the house was empty all the windows were open all the doors I went into my son's room his toys were scattered on the floor I sat on the floor and looked at them and I picked them up and held them and I played with them trying to remember how to play like a child as if that was possible pretending it was and I wondered I wondered what it was like to be him
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."