When The Light Leaves

Wed 29 & Thu 30 Jan 7.30pm
Fri 31 Jan & Sat 1 Feb 9.30pm

Voluntary Assisted Dying forum follows Thursday performance

Gasworks Theatre

70 mins, no interval

Full $35
Conc $30
Groups 6+ $25
Gold Card $28

City of Port Phillip Locals Night (Wed 29 Jan) $30

Recommended for audiences 18+: Coarse language, suicide references
Lock Out: This performance has a full lockout. Latecomers will not be admitted.

Wheelchair Accessible

Gasworks Arts Park and Packed House Productions present

When The Light Leaves

by Citizen Theatre

Dan’s dreaming of dead ducks and cartoon skeletons. He’s also dying.

Terminal brain cancer has forced Dan to decide how he wants the end of his life to look. Despite his supportive partner, well-intentioned sister and nurse who comforts by-the-book – no one can give him what he needs. It’s time Dan chooses how he goes.

With access to assisted dying now legal, everyone has an opinion about how you live and die. When The Light Leaves explores how people navigate the reality of death and reconcile their grief, leaving audiences to decide for themselves how they would want to go.

“…moving and nuanced… featuring elegant design and emotionally charged performances… a talented, emotionally honest dive into a tragic human situation” Cameron Woodhead, The Age

“poignant and persuasive… authentic and beautiful” Arts Hub

“…a moving exploration of what it means to allow people to live out the final moments of their lives with dignity, compassion and in control” My Melbourne Arts

Written by Rory Godbold
Directed by Jayde Kirchert
Designed by Stu Brown
Lighting Design by Gina Gacoigne
Costumes by Aislinn Naughton
Composer/Sound design by Imogen Cygler

Image by Stu Brown

When The Light Leaves – Voluntary Assisted Dying Q&A Panel

When: Thurs 30 Jan, 9pm following the 7.30pm performance
Where: Gasworks Theatre, Gasworks Arts Park, 21 Graham St, Albert Park
Who: panel includes Rory Godbold (playwright, When The Light Leaves), Dr Nick Carr (GP and DWDV Board Member) and Fiona Patten (leader of the Reason Party). Moderated by Nina Barry-Macaulay
What: Voluntary Assisted Dying is an important issue for the community to be aware of and to discuss rigorously and openly. Victoria is the first Australian state to introduce VAD laws, which came into effect in June 2019, but many people still might be unaware of what VAD is, what the laws mean for them or their loved ones and why it’s important for all members of the community to be part of the discussion. At this panel discussion you will hear from Rory Godbold (playwright, When The Light Leaves), Dr Nick Carr (GP and Dying With Dignity Victoria Board Member) and Fiona Patten (leader of the Reason Party) about the parts they played in the journey to VAD legislation in Victoria, how VAD laws have played out since their introduction and what they mean for the future of end of life choices.

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