Tobias Alexander Edward Manderson-Galvin | Everybody Loses
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Everybody Loses

The Death Diary of Karl Patterson Schmidt

Dates

2017 +

EVERYBODY LOSES is a performance of a death by snake bite. In this one man show Doppelgangster’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.

 

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?

WARNING
A death.

DURATION
70 Minutes, give or take a heartbeat

“Original and unquestionably effective…gripping and intelligent”
– Mark Whitehead, Placing the Anthropocene

“This, this was Sci-Art: Now everyone else needs to up their game.”
– Erin Kavanagh, A ‘Modern’ Antiquarian

“Impeccably detailed… flawless performance”
– Ceredigion Herald

Role
Writer /
Co-Director /
Co-Scenographer

DATES

23 November 2017
ABERYSTWYTH ARTS CENTRE
02 Feb 2018
LA GÉNÉRALE (Paris)
28 Feb + 1 March 2018
VAULT FESTIVAL (London)
03 Mar 2018
PERFORMANCE LAB (Sheffield)
04 April 2018
TOM THUMB THEATRE (Margate)
05 July 2018
ALCALÁ DE HENARES (Madrid)
8 September 2018
THE PROJECTOR (Singapore)
10 September 2018
BACKBONE ARTS (Brisbane)
12-16 September 2018
MKA POP-UP THEATRE (Melbourne)
18-22 September 2018
KXT / SYDNEY FRINGE (Sydney)
31 September 2018
APPARAT ATHEN (Athens)

CREDITS

Performance
Dr Tom Payne
Writing + Direction + Scenography
Tobias Manderson-Galvin
& Dr Tom Payne

Music
Maria Moles &
Adam Halliwell

Videography
Dr Sam Christie
Photography
Wilson Liew
Performance Photography
Keith Morris

A Doppelgangster production.

Developed with support from
Sheffield Hallam University,
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, &
MKA Theatre of New Writing.

Thanks to Mark Whitehead (Aberystwyth University)
and Alan Resetar (Chicago Field Museum)