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DOPPELGANGSTER

Everybody Loses

The Death Diary of Karl Patterson Schmidt

#disappearing #act

Everybody Loses:

The Death Diary of Karl Patterson Schmidt

EVERYBODY LOSES is a performance of a death by snake bite.

This is that warning from that scientist at the start of every disaster film ever. This is Doppelgangster’s Dr Tom Payne (UK) shooting up snake venom. These are the results.

EVERYBODY LOSES is the true, self-documented death of world famous herpetologist Dr Karl Patterson Schmidt.

From the religious ritual of Snake Handling to reptilian myths of genesis and revelation, EVERYBODY LOSES tears open societal obsessions with eternal youth, eternal life, and the destruction of our planet. Both a glorious spectacle and a grave work; sharply 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?

CREDITS

Performance DR TOM PAYNE
Writing + Direction + Scenography TOBIAS MANDERSON GALVIN &
DR TOM PAYNE
Music MARIA MOLES and 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 and MKA THEATRE OF NEW WRITING. Thanks to Mark Whitehead ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY and Alan Resetar CHICAGO FIELD MUSEUM

EVERYBODY LOSES: The Death Diary of Karl Patterson Schmidt is the fifth full-length performance work by Doppelgangster, and was first trialled as a 10 minute performance at Hot!Hot!Hot! Festival of Climate Arts in Melbourne in 2016. The work is currently in a major development period in Melbourne between MKA: Theatre of New Writing and Footscray Community Arts Centre, and Aberystwyth Arts Centre (Wales).

MEDIA

“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

FURTHER READING

Doppelgangster by Huw Bates, The EGO (November 2017) [Interview]


Doppelgangster: Masters of the Piratic Form by Dr Sam Christie (November 2017) [Blog]


Life, Death, Doppelgangster and the Anthropocene by Dr Tom Payne, Artists and Climate Change (December 2017) [Article]


Audience Enjoy the Tales of a Snake Bite by Rhian Boyt, The Herald (December 2017) [Review]


Everybody Loses by Erin Kavanagh (December 2017) [Review]


Performing the Anthropocene: Everybody Loses – a Review by Professor Mark Whitehead, Placing the Anthropocene (January 2018) [Review]

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
DATES

ABERYSTWYTH ARTS CENTRE
23 November 2017

LA GÉNÉRALE (Paris)
02 Feb 2018

VAULT FESTIVAL (London)
28 Feb + 1 March 2018

PERFORMANCE LAB (Sheffield)
03 Mar 2018

TOM THUMB THEATRE (Margate)
04 April 2018

ALCALÁ DE HENARES (Madrid)
05 July 2018

THE PROJECTOR (Singapore)
8 September 2018

BACKBONE ARTS (Brisbane)
10 September 2018

MKA POP-UP THEATRE (Melbourne)
12-16 September 2018

KXT / SYDNEY FRINGE (Sydney)
18-22 September 2018

APPARAT ATHEN (Athens)
31 September 2018

DVLPMNT

Hot!Hot!Hot! Climate Arts Festival (Melbourne)
05 July 2016

MKA THEATRE OF NEW WRITING (Melbourne)
17 July 2017

ABERYSTWYTH ARTS CENTRE
18 October 2017