Actor wanted for play... but must be dead

  1. talk about the theatre of the macabre
    11:29am (aedt)

    actor wanted for play... but must be dead

    a british theatre group is holding a casting call with a difference for its latest production, aspiring stars must agree to be dead by the time the show begins.

    the play, to be put on by an experimental theatre group in east london, is intended to be a serious examination about the taboos surrounding death, the observer newspaper reports in its sunday's edition.

    called dead: you will be, the production calls for a genuine corpse to "lie in state" throughout the performance.

    the theatre troupe, known as 1157, hope to get the consent of someone such as a terminally-ill hospice patient to allow their body to be used for the play, which will run for 24 nights in mid-may.

    "the body will not necessarily be touched by the actors at all," jo dagless, one of the group's artistic directors, told the newspaper.

    "but all those details would be worked out in advance with the donor and their family."

    the use of a body was not a publicity stunt, mr dagless said.

    "it is an element of the show that we think is important to help us to dispel some of the mysteries that surround death."

    -- afp

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1070383.htm
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  3. by   teeituptom
    Quote from gwenith
    talk about the theatre of the macabre
    11:29am (aedt)

    actor wanted for play... but must be dead

    a british theatre group is holding a casting call with a difference for its latest production, aspiring stars must agree to be dead by the time the show begins.

    the play, to be put on by an experimental theatre group in east london, is intended to be a serious examination about the taboos surrounding death, the observer newspaper reports in its sunday's edition.

    called dead: you will be, the production calls for a genuine corpse to "lie in state" throughout the performance.

    the theatre troupe, known as 1157, hope to get the consent of someone such as a terminally-ill hospice patient to allow their body to be used for the play, which will run for 24 nights in mid-may.

    "the body will not necessarily be touched by the actors at all," jo dagless, one of the group's artistic directors, told the newspaper.

    "but all those details would be worked out in advance with the donor and their family."

    the use of a body was not a publicity stunt, mr dagless said.

    "it is an element of the show that we think is important to help us to dispel some of the mysteries that surround death."

    -- afp

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1070383.htm
    can we nominate someone
    i know who i would nominate

    shame on me
  4. by   Elenaster
    Hmmmmmmmmmm, who could you possibly be referring to, Tom??????

    You're a bad boy, but you still made me laugh

    Gwenith - that is really bizarre, but I guess those serious theater types want as much realism as they can muster.
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    i think it's sick.
  6. by   nursedawn67
    And the award goes to the man that played the dead guy in that play....unfortunately he cannot be here with us today he had a previous engagement 6 feet under...but here to accept the award is.....


    Oh this is just too bizarre!!!
  7. by   longtermcarern
    [quote=gwenith]talk about the theatre of the macabre
    11:29am (aedt)

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    the theatre troupe, known as 1157, hope to get the consent of someone such as a terminally-ill hospice patient to allow their body to be used for the play, which will run for 24 nights in mid-may.



    http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1070383.htm[/quo
    will the actors all be wearing nose plugs by the end of the play? will they provide the audience with them?
  8. by   Ted
    As a theater person. . . I can't see for the life of me why ANY director would want to use a "REAL-LIVE" corpse for a show?!?!?!?!? First of all, the lights would heat up that dead-decaying corpse so that "stentch" would ALWAYS be center-stage. Finally, it would be difficult hiring LIVE actors! Let's face it! Most theater-goers WOULD purchase tickets just to see the dead body! I would think that most "live" performers would realize this and not risk being up-staged by a corpse! Actors' egos can be so fragile!

    Geeze! :chuckle

    Ted
    Last edit by Ted on Mar 23, '04
  9. by   gwenith
    I have heard about people dying to get into showbusiness but this is JPW - Just plain weird!!

    There is something yiiickky about it too.
  10. by   nekhismom
    Definately weird. I agree with Ted, the STENCH would be overwhelming! Doesn't this border on being unethical??? I dunno, just a thought. Wouldn't a dummy work just as well, minus the stench, and potential health risks??
  11. by   VivaLasViejas
    This sounds like "Weekend at Bernie's"........ :chuckle
  12. by   nekhismom
    OH yeah, I had forgotten about that movie! But this sounds worse.....it's much longer than a weekend, isn't it??? YUCK!!
  13. by   teeituptom
    Maybe they plan on using a lot of underarm deodorant

    could be another commercial in the making here to

    " Storng enough for a dead person, but made for the living"
  14. by   Nurse Ratched
    Isn't there also a legal issue - "abuse of a corpse?" I've heard that expression - may need to read up a bit more...

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