Have you ever had someone in your life at one time, who you lost contact with?
Someone you cared about.
How many years has it been since you’ve seen them?
Do you know where they are now?
If you did, what would you do?
Have you ever had someone who just…vanished?
It’s Wollongong, 2010. Jarrod Duffy, friend and member of Applespiel, doesn’t show up to rehearsal one day. He’s disappeared, leaving behind the furniture at his house and no explanation. Phone, email and Facebook all yield no results. Jarrod Duffy Is Not Dead is the story of that disappearance and Applespiel’s hunt to find their missing friend.
Drawing on a wide range of interest points, including the rise of crowd-funding, the cult popularity of podcasts such as This American Life’s Serial and the ethics of personal stories in theatre, Jarrod Duffy Is Not Dead is a complex and playful exploration of truth.
Applespiel’s recent projects, particularly the critically acclaimed Applespiel Make A Band and Take on the Recording Industry, have had a strong focus on the combination of story with dynamic visuals. Part theatre, part live podcast, Jarrod Duffy Is Not Dead continues the collective’s work in creating complex stage images that blend live and digital image.
Metro Arts Performance Season // 20 to 29 April 2017 – Presented by Applespiel & Metro Arts
Jarrod Duffy Is Not Dead is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Jarrod Duffy Is Not Dead was developed with the support of Merrigong Theatre Company Studio Sessions Program. Jarrod Duffy Is Not Dead was assisted through HotHouse Theatre’s A Month in the Country residential program, a project delivered in partnership with Albury City.