Some stories are more powerful than others. He’s worried his isn’t powerful enough.
A young man sits alone on stage. He looks like us. He sounds like us. Yet he asks us to join him on an unimaginably alien journey into his recent past.
"I had arrived. It was so bitterly cold that I thought I'd never be warm again. They ask me why I left my country - for dates, times, reasons... but it's buried. They say I’m telling lies but that's not what I am doing."
Told from the perspective of one who got away, his is a moving and extraordinary story of love, loss and exile; a journey through a no-man's-land of empty train stations, border crossings and bomb-blasted towns.
And…it is all true.
Presented as part of Geelong Performing Arts Centre’s Education Program, Elegy is both an intimate character study and an edge-of-your-seat thriller that fuses precision performance, music, movement and visual poetry to lure us into a playful, theatrical, humorous and personal world.
Elegy is directed by John Kachoyan (Bell Shakespeare, Red Stitch Actors Theatre), and performed by Nick Simpson-Deeks (The Play That Goes Wrong, TV's Winners & Losers). It is written by Douglas Rintoul, based on interviews with LGBT refugees across the world, and inspired by the work of award-winning international photojournalist Bradley Secker, renowned for his work documenting asylum seekers as they escape Middle-Eastern war zones.
Elegy premiered in Australia in 2016, presented as a coveted Premier Event in Melbourne’s Midsumma Festival. It has won an Edinburgh Fringe First Award and an acclaimed Royal National Theatre Foundation Playwright Award in the UK.
Elegy comes to Geelong Performing Arts Centre for one performance only, on Tuesday 14th August at 7pm in the Drama Theatre. Book at gpac.org.au or phone Box Office on 5225 1200.