talk about the theatre of the macabre
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."
Mar 23, '04
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!
Last edit by Ted on Mar 23, '04